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California whitewater, Rubicon River

Placer El Dorado county, Ellicott Bridge to Ralston Afterbay section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     20.3 miles
The streaming Rubicon River just northeast of Eleven Pines Road. The river serves as a border between Placer and El Dorado counties, and offers challenging whitewater rafting opportunities for experienced paddlers. This is a woodland area approximately 15 miles south of the Hell Hole Reservoir. This is a truly memorable area to spend the day hiking and exploring the area?s lush vegetation and small waterfalls. This parcel is located in
    a Timber Preserve Zone, so be sure to confirm land use codes and flood data with the County.

If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging,
so keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. The Ellicott Bridge to Ralston Afterbay section of Rubicon River in Placer/ El Dorado County is 20.3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V section. The wonderful California scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. The campgrounds here at Rubicon River are pretty good. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and  
if you make reservations in advance you're all set. If you're coming from Truckee-Grass Valley it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The beauty of the Northern Sierra Nevada is a great plus for this river. The Ellicott Bridge to Ralston Afterbay stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here.

Rubicon River, Ellicott Bridge to Ralston Afterbay 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 Rubicon River.
 Whitewater Near Rubicon River:
Rubicon River, Placer/ El Dorado County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 20.3 miles long (Ellicott Bridge to Ralston Afterbay)
American River - Middle Fork, Placer County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.1 miles long (Mosquito Ridge Road to confluence with Middle Fork)
American River - Middle Fork, Placer/El Dorado County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV(V+) - 17 miles long (Oxbow Bend to Drivers Flat Road)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.4 miles long (Peavine Ridge Road to Forebay Road)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12.3 miles long (Tadpole Creek to Euchre Bar)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Slab Creek Dam to White Rock Powerhouse)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Riverton to Peavine Ridge Road)
Camp Creek, El Dorado County, 15 miles away
      Class IV+ - 10.1 miles long (Fleming Meadows trailhead to Happy Valley Road)
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/ Placer County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 7.5 miles long (Cisco Grove to Spaulding Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Rubicon River:
Soda Springs, California , 23 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 25 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Boreal, California , 25 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 25 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 26 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 27 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Homewood, California , 30 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 30 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Granlibakken, California , 31 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 35 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Hotels Near Rubicon River:
Best Western Stagecoach Inn, Pollock Pines , 12 miles away
Gold Country Inn, Placerville , 19 miles away
Historic Cary House Hotel, Placerville , 20 miles away
Best Western Plus Placerville Inn, Placerville , 23 miles away
Bella Vista Bed And Breakfast, Placerville , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rubicon River:
Vista Overflow Campground, El Dorado County, 4 miles away
Stumpy Meadows, Pollock Pines, 4 miles away
Black Oak Stumpy Meadows - Eldorado National Forest, Placerville, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Rubicon River:
Pigeon Roost Trail, Placer , 1 miles away, 1.4 hiking miles, 763 feet elevation difference
Grizzly Canyon Trail, Placer , 2 miles away, 2 hiking miles, 381 feet elevation difference
Belix Trail, Placer , 5 miles away, 6.9 hiking miles, 1141 feet elevation difference
Slide Point Trail, Placer , 6 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 1512 feet elevation difference
Nevada Point Trail, El Dorado , 7 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 2771 feet elevation difference
Ellicott Trail, El Dorado , 7 miles away, 1.3 hiking miles, 1591 feet elevation difference
Grey Trail, Placer , 7 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 2339 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Rubicon River:
Eldorado National Forest, California , 18 miles away
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, California , 23 miles away
Tahoe National Forest, California , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rubicon River:
Apple Mountain Golf Resort, Camino , 15 miles away
Camino Heights Golf Course, Camino , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Rubicon River
Stumpy Meadows Lake, El Dorado , 4 miles away
Chiquita Lake, El Dorado , 10 miles away
Oxbow Reservoir, El Dorado , 11 miles away

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