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California whitewater, Lavezzola Creek

Sierra county, 2nd Divide Bridge to Downieville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV(V)     4 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Truckee-Grass Valley, as you can see on the road map further down. The nature scenery of California and the water flowing gracefully down Lavezzola Creek beats anything. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.
    The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. This stretch
has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the 2nd Divide Bridge to Downieville stretch is one of them. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Sierra Nevada is a great experience. This stretch of Lavezzola Creek in California is 4 miles long and is a class IV(V) section of whitewater  
according to American Whitewater. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Third Divide Trail; folks from Goodyears Bar love to come here. So much amusing stuff to do here in the Northern Sierra Nevada, too great to be true. Going to Malakoff Diggins State Park in close proximity to Lavezzola Creek is a wonderful thing to do, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Lavezzola Creek; Second Divide Trail is a good local trail.

Lavezzola Creek, 2nd Divide Bridge to Downieville 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 Lavezzola Creek.
 Whitewater Near Lavezzola Creek:
Pauley Creek, Sierra County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Second Divide Turnout to Downieville)
Lavezzola Creek, Sierra County, 1 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 4 miles long (2nd Divide Bridge to Downieville)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 2 miles away
      Class II-V - 4 miles long (Downieville to Goodyears Bar Bridge)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 8.5 miles long (Goodyears Bar Bridge to Highway 49 Bridge)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Sierra/ Nevada/ Yuba County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V - 22 miles long (Plumago Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Washington to Edwards Crossing)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (Wild Plum Campground to Downieville)
Feather River - Middle Fork, Plumas/ Butte County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 32.5 miles long (Nelson Point to Milsap Bridge)
Feather River - Middle Fork, Plumas County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Sloat to Nelson Point)
Feather River - South Fork, Plumas County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 8.3 miles long (Little Grass Valley Reservoir to South Fork Diversion Dam)
 Ski Areas Near Lavezzola Creek:
Soda Springs, California , 33 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 34 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 36 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 36 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 40 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 44 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 45 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 50 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
Granlibakken, California , 51 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 52 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Hotels Near Lavezzola Creek:
Deer Creek Inn, Nevada City , 12 miles away
Chalet View Lodge, Graeagle , 15 miles away
Nakoma Golf Resort, Clio , 18 miles away
Nevada City Inn, Nevada City , 23 miles away
Best Western Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lavezzola Creek:
Cannon Point Campground, Sierra County, 2 miles away
Union Flat Campground, Sierra County, 5 miles away
Poker Flat OHV Camp, Goodyears Bar, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Lavezzola Creek:
Second Divide Trail, Sierra , 3 miles away,  7.2 hiking miles, 1442 feet elevation difference
Third Divide Trail, Sierra , 4 miles away, 2.5 hiking miles, 2062 feet elevation difference
Butcher Ranch Trail, Sierra , 6 miles away, 3 hiking miles, 2125 feet elevation difference
Bedbug Smith Trail, Sierra , 7 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 1927 feet elevation difference
Bayes Cabin Road, Nevada , 8 miles away,  3.4 hiking miles, 1568 feet elevation difference
Halls Ranch Trail, Sierra , 9 miles away, 6.3 hiking miles, 2105 feet elevation difference
Lafayette Ridge Trail, Sierra , 9 miles away, 4 hiking miles, 1583 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Lavezzola Creek:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 66 miles away
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 13 miles away
Plumas-Eureka State Park, California , 13 miles away
Empire Mine State Park, California , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lavezzola Creek:
The Golf Club at Whitehawk Ranch, Blairsden-Graeagle , 14 miles away
Plumas Pines Golf Resort, Blairsden-Graeagle , 15 miles away
Graeagle Meadows Golf Course, Blairsden-Graeagle , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Lavezzola Creek
Young America Lake, Sierra , 11 miles away
Weaver Lake, Nevada , 12 miles away
Bowman Lake, Nevada , 13 miles away

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