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California whitewater, Feather River - South Fork

Plumas county, Little Grass Valley Reservoir to South Fork Diversion Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     8.3 miles
First this run should be considered a Class V run. There are a lot of tricky rapids and a typical class IV boater will find it very challenging. It's not a class IV run. It's remote, the water is cold and the days are typically getting shorter as the season is in late September and early October.

You can easily run it on an afternoon ONLY IF you know the run very well and can run everything with out scouting. For folks who have never seen
    the run before plan on a long day. Get an early start (10AM) and plan to be on the water until late afternoon.

Carry sleeping bags and warm clothing if you've never done the run before. There have been quite a few
epics on this run with people being caught unprepared. The nights are very cold this time of year.

Says Eric Petlock

The SF Feather River, Little Grass Valley reservoir section, should be referred to as a class IV+ (below 350 CFS) and V- (above 350 CFS). Says Rick Stock

The starting point is not too far from Truckee-Grass Valley, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.
This section of Feather River - South Fork in Plumas County is 8.3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV section. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The natural beauty of California and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good places.

Feather River - South Fork, Little Grass Valley Reservoir to South Fork Diversion Dam road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Feather River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Feather River - South Fork:
Feather River - South Fork, Plumas County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 8.3 miles long (Little Grass Valley Reservoir to South Fork Diversion Dam)
Feather River - Middle Fork, Plumas/ Butte County, 14 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.5 miles long (Milsap Bridge to Lake Oroville)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 8.5 miles long (Goodyears Bar Bridge to Highway 49 Bridge)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Nevada/ Yuba County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Route 49 to North Fork Yuba)
Yuba River - North Fork, Yuba County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 2.3 miles long (Bullards Bar Dam to Middle Fork Yuba)
Yuba River, Yuba/ Nevada County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (North and Middle Fork confluence to Englebright Reservoir)
Feather River - Middle Fork, Plumas/ Butte County, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 32.5 miles long (Nelson Point to Milsap Bridge)
Feather River - North Fork, Plumas County, 18 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (Virgilia to Belden)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 18 miles away
      Class II-V - 4 miles long (Downieville to Goodyears Bar Bridge)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Purdon's Crossing to Route 49)
 Ski Areas Near Feather River - South Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 51 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 53 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 55 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 55 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 59 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 63 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 64 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 69 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
Granlibakken, California , 69 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 70 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Marinas Near Feather River - South Fork:
Bucks Lake Marina, Quincy , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Feather River - South Fork:
Nevada City Inn, Nevada City , 23 miles away
Deer Creek Inn, Nevada City , 23 miles away
Best Western Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley , 24 miles away
Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, Grass Valley , 25 miles away
Gold Miners Inn, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Grass Valley , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Feather River - South Fork:
Black Rock Campground, Plumas County, 5 miles away
Strawberry Campground, Butte County, 5 miles away
American House OHV Camp, Strawberry Valley, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Feather River - South Fork:
Cleghorn Bar Trail, Plumas , 8 miles away,  6 hiking miles, 2074 feet elevation difference
Halls Ranch Trail, Sierra , 12 miles away, 6.3 hiking miles, 2105 feet elevation difference
Claremont Trail, Plumas , 13 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 1051 feet elevation difference
Finger Board Trail, Plumas , 13 miles away,  6.4 hiking miles, 3226 feet elevation difference
Lafayette Ridge Trail, Sierra , 18 miles away, 4 hiking miles, 1583 feet elevation difference
South Yuba Trail, Nevada , 20 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 929 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Feather River - South Fork:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 49 miles away
Plumas National Forest, California , 13 miles away
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 20 miles away
Empire Mine State Park, California , 25 miles away
 Lakes Near Feather River - South Fork
Lost Creek Reservoir, Butte , 8 miles away
Snake Lake, Plumas , 16 miles away
Lake Francis, Yuba , 20 miles away

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