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California whitewater, Truckee River

Placer Nevada county, Stampede Meadows Road to Floriston section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     27 miles
There is also a put in at the Alpine Meadows road, called River Ranch.  And if someone were to put in at River Ranch, the paddle would be not 27 miles but more like 60 miles!!! We paddled River Ranch to Truckee on Sunday 7/19.  It was shallow, some nice 2+, and because of the low water, many technical moves. Says Jim Hyatt

The natural beauty of Placer/ Nevada County and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. The put-in
    location is a reasonable drive from Reno-Sparks, as you can see on the road map further down. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. If you're a camper you
can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The beauty of the Northern Sierra Nevada is a great plus for this river. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Stampede Meadows Road to Floriston stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. This section is long enough for an overnight trip  
if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. This stretch of Truckee River in California is 27 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you won't find many other paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Mount Rose Trail, and while you're here here do stop by close by Atagam Beach.

Truckee River, Stampede Meadows Road to Floriston 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 Truckee River.
 Whitewater Near Truckee River:
Truckee River, Nevada/ Sierra/ Washoe County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Farad Powerhouse to Verdi)
Truckee River, Placer/ Nevada County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 27 miles long (Stampede Meadows Road to Floriston)
Truckee River, Washoe County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Verdi to Mayberry Park)
Truckee River, -blank- County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 10 miles long (Mayberry Park to Cottonwood Park)
Truckee River, Washoe County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.5 miles long (Truckee River Whitewater Park Reno)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada/ Placer County, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.2 miles long (Kingvale to Cisco Grove)
 Ski Areas Near Truckee River:
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 8 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
Diamond Peak, Nevada , 12 miles away, 1840 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Rose, Nevada , 12 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 60 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 14 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Granlibakken, California , 14 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 16 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 17 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Homewood, California , 18 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 19 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 20 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
 Marinas Near Truckee River:
North Tahoe Marina, Tahoe Vista , 8 miles away
Tahoe City Marina, Tahoe City , 13 miles away
Homewood Marina, Homewood , 18 miles away
Meeks Bay Marina, Tahoma , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Truckee River:
Atagam Beach, Placer , 8 miles away
Moondunes Beach, Placer , 8 miles away
Secline Beach, Placer , 8 miles away
Patton Beach, Placer , 9 miles away
Burnt Cedar Beach, Washoe , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Truckee River:
Northstar Resort, Truckee , 6 miles away
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, Truckee , 7 miles away
One Village Place By Welk Resorts, Truckee , 8 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Tahoe-Truckee, Truckee , 8 miles away
Tahoe Vistana Inn, Tahoe Vista , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Truckee River:
Boca Spring, -blank-, 2 miles away
Boca Spring, Floriston, 2 miles away
Boca Rest, -blank-, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Truckee River:
Mount Rose Trail, Nevada , 3 miles away, 6.2 hiking miles, 1022 feet elevation difference
Mount Rose Trail, Washoe , 8 miles away,  5.4 hiking miles, 787 feet elevation difference
Mount Rose Trail, Washoe , 9 miles away,  5.4 hiking miles, 787 feet elevation difference
Granite Chief Trail, Placer , 17 miles away,  5.2 hiking miles, 2105 feet elevation difference
Pacific Crest Trail - section 14, overlapping , 17 miles away, 54.3 hiking miles, 2897 feet elevation difference
Cottonwood Fisherman Trail, Sierra , 19 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 737 feet elevation difference
Painted Rock Trail, Placer , 19 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 1553 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Truckee River:
Kings Beach State Park, California , 8 miles away
Burton Creek State Park, California , 12 miles away
Sand Harbor Beach State Recreation Area, Nevada , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Truckee River:
Northstar At Tahoe Golf Course, Truckee , 7 miles away
Lahontan Golf Club, Truckee , 8 miles away
Old Brockway Golf Course, Kings Beach , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Truckee River
Lake Tahoe, Placer , 13 miles away
Donner Lake, Nevada , 15 miles away
Marlette Lake, Washoe , 16 miles away

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