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California whitewater, Yuba River

Yuba Nevada county, North and Middle Fork confluence to Englebright Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     7.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Yuba City-Marysville, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The wonderful California scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Yuba River are in themselves reasons enough
    to come here to paddle. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The North and Middle Fork confluence
to Englebright Reservoir section of Yuba River is 7.5 miles long and is a class IV-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. The river winds through the Northern Sierra Nevada and you get great scenery. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature have  
people coming from far and near. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The campgrounds here at Yuba River are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
You have to go to Rolleys Point when you're here at Yuba River, and there is a nice hiking trail nearby called the South Yuba Trail. You completely ought to like the Northern Sierra Nevada. Yuba River is in the vicinity of Chute Ravine which is without doubt worth visiting, and you'll meet a lot of people from North San Juan here. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer.

Yuba River, North and Middle Fork confluence to Englebright Reservoir 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 Yuba River.
 Whitewater Near Yuba River:
Yuba River, Yuba/ Nevada County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (North and Middle Fork confluence to Englebright Reservoir)
Yuba River - North Fork, Yuba County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 2.3 miles long (Bullards Bar Dam to Middle Fork Yuba)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.2 miles long (Route 49 to Bridgeport)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Nevada/ Yuba County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Route 49 to North Fork Yuba)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Purdon's Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River, Yuba/ Nevada County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Englebright Dam to Highway 20)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Edwards Crossing to Purdon Crossing)
Bear River, Nevada / Placer County, 18 miles away
      Class II-V - 11 miles long (Highway 174 Bridge to Lake Combie)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.8 miles long (Colfax-Iowa Hill Road to Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge)
Feather River - Middle Fork, Plumas/ Butte County, 21 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.5 miles long (Milsap Bridge to Lake Oroville)
 Ski Areas Near Yuba River:
Soda Springs, California , 55 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 57 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 58 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 58 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 63 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 65 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 65 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Granlibakken, California , 71 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 71 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 72 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Marinas Near Yuba River:
Collins Lake Recreation Area, Oregon House , 7 miles away
Skippers Cove Marina, Smartsville , 8 miles away
 Beaches Near Yuba River:
Pine Island Beach, Nevada , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Yuba River:
Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, Grass Valley , 10 miles away
Gold Miners Inn, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Grass Valley , 10 miles away
Stagecoach Motel, Grass Valley , 10 miles away
Best Western Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley , 11 miles away
Nevada City Inn, Nevada City , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yuba River:
Lake Francis Resort, Dobbins, 3 miles away
Sunny Side, Dobbins, 3 miles away
Missouri Bar, Dobbins, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Yuba River:
South Yuba Trail, Nevada , 13 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 929 feet elevation difference
Humbug Trail, Nevada , 17 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 1041 feet elevation difference
Halls Ranch Trail, Sierra , 19 miles away, 6.3 hiking miles, 2105 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yuba River:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 61 miles away
Empire Mine State Park, California , 11 miles away
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 18 miles away
Lake Oroville State Park, California , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yuba River:
Lake Wildwood Association Golf Course, Penn Valley , 7 miles away
Quail Valley Golf Course, Grass Valley , 10 miles away
Nevada County Country Club, Grass Valley , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Yuba River
Lake Francis, Yuba , 3 miles away
Lake Wildwood, Nevada , 7 miles away
Harry L. Englebright Lake, Yuba , 9 miles away

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