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California whitewater, Fordyce Creek

Nevada county, Fordyce Lake to Lake Spaulding section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     12 miles
I worked with a man named Charlie Shelton in the seventies. He spent his child hood at Fordice mining and fishing with his father. He went to war in world war two and was captured by the Germans. When he came back he went to work for PG&E. Charlie passed away about 1985 or 1986. Charlie is buried in the new Auburn cemetery. To get to the point Charlie had a map of that region that his dad made comments on. Charlie and his dad spent years
    mining and fishing this area. One cabin at the base of Old Man Mountain was built by them. The map is on the north side of Old Man Mountain. If you look at the bottom of the tailings under a large quartz rock. It is in a
Prince Albert tobacco tin. All parts on the map are named and labeled. This includes the name of the old miners and points of mining interest. The last time I saw the map was 1981. I have a picture of it taken at that time. Says Clint

The beautiful scenery of California and the water flowing gracefully down Fordyce Creek have people coming here. This section of Fordyce Creek is 12 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a
class IV-V section of whitewater. If you're coming from Truckee-Grass Valley it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Fordyce Lake to Lake Spaulding section is one of them.

Fordyce Creek, Fordyce Lake to Lake Spaulding 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 Fordyce Creek.
 Whitewater Near Fordyce Creek:
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada/ Placer County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 7.5 miles long (Cisco Grove to Spaulding Reservoir)
Fordyce Creek, Nevada County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12 miles long (Fordyce Lake to Lake Spaulding)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12.3 miles long (Tadpole Creek to Euchre Bar)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada/ Placer County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.2 miles long (Kingvale to Cisco Grove)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (Wild Plum Campground to Downieville)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14.5 miles long (Euchre Bar to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Washington to Edwards Crossing)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Sierra/ Nevada/ Yuba County, 18 miles away
      Class III-V - 22 miles long (Plumago Crossing to Route 49)
Pauley Creek, Sierra County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Second Divide Turnout to Downieville)
Lavezzola Creek, Sierra County, 20 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 4 miles long (2nd Divide Bridge to Downieville)
 Ski Areas Near Fordyce Creek:
Soda Springs, California , 13 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 15 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 16 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 16 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 21 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 24 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 25 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Granlibakken, California , 30 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 31 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
Homewood, California , 31 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Hotels Near Fordyce Creek:
Donner Lake Village, Truckee , 19 miles away
Deer Creek Inn, Nevada City , 20 miles away
Nakoma Golf Resort, Clio , 21 miles away
Worldmark Olympic Village Inn, Olympic Valley , 24 miles away
Chalet View Lodge, Graeagle , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Fordyce Creek:
Indian Springs Campground, Nevada County, 2 miles away
Pierce Creek, Emigrant Gap, 2 miles away
Cisco Grove Campground & Recreational Vehicle, Cisco Grove, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Fordyce Creek:
Grouse Ridge Trail, Nevada , 1 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 1886 feet elevation difference
Glacier Lakes Trail, Nevada , 2 miles away,  9 hiking miles, 770 feet elevation difference
Spaulding Lake Trail, Nevada , 4 miles away,  3.6 hiking miles, 601 feet elevation difference
Crooked Lakes Trail, Nevada , 4 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 350 feet elevation difference
Mears Lake Valley Trail, Placer , 5 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 863 feet elevation difference
Round Lake Trail, Nevada , 5 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 406 feet elevation difference
Big Valley Trail, Placer , 5 miles away, 2.8 hiking miles, 1052 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Fordyce Creek:
Tahoe National Forest, California , 15 miles away
Donner Memorial State Park, California , 23 miles away
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 24 miles away
 Lakes Near Fordyce Creek
Kelly Lake, Placer , 3 miles away
Faucherie Lake, Nevada , 4 miles away
Lake Valley Reservoir, Placer , 4 miles away

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