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California whitewater, Yuba River - North Fork

Sierra county, Downieville to Goodyears Bar Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-V     4 miles
  The Downieville to Goodyears Bar Bridge stretch of Yuba River - North Fork in Sierra County is 4 miles long and is a class II-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Sierra County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a
    large number of good rivers. 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. The river winds
through the Northern Sierra Nevada and you get great scenery. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The nearby hotels are a bit away from  
the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Snake Bar is a good spot to explore, and Yuba River - North Fork is a location with many visitors from Downieville. Life's too short to enjoy all the fun things in the Northern Sierra Nevada. You definitely ought to stop at Malakoff Diggins State Park while you're here at Yuba River - North Fork. Take a hike on the Lafayette Ridge Trail, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Halls Ranch Trail.

Yuba River - North Fork, Downieville to Goodyears Bar Bridge 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 - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Yuba River - North Fork:
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, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 8.5 miles long (Goodyears Bar Bridge to Highway 49 Bridge)
Pauley Creek, Sierra County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Second Divide Turnout to Downieville)
Lavezzola Creek, Sierra County, 5 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 4 miles long (2nd Divide Bridge to Downieville)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Sierra/ Nevada/ Yuba County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 22 miles long (Plumago Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Washington to Edwards Crossing)
Feather River - South Fork, Plumas County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 8.3 miles long (Little Grass Valley Reservoir to South Fork Diversion Dam)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Edwards Crossing to Purdon Crossing)
Feather River - Middle Fork, Plumas/ Butte County, 17 miles away
      Class V+ - 32.5 miles long (Nelson Point to Milsap Bridge)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (Wild Plum Campground to Downieville)
 Ski Areas Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 35 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 37 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 38 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 38 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 43 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 47 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 47 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 53 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
Granlibakken, California , 53 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 54 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Hotels Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Deer Creek Inn, Nevada City , 11 miles away
Chalet View Lodge, Graeagle , 18 miles away
Nevada City Inn, Nevada City , 20 miles away
Best Western Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley , 21 miles away
Nakoma Golf Resort, Clio , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Cannon Point Campground, Sierra County, 2 miles away
Ramshorn, Downieville, 4 miles away
Poker Flat OHV Camp, Goodyears Bar, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Halls Ranch Trail, Sierra , 6 miles away, 6.3 hiking miles, 2105 feet elevation difference
Lafayette Ridge Trail, Sierra , 6 miles away, 4 hiking miles, 1583 feet elevation difference
Second Divide Trail, Sierra , 7 miles away,  7.2 hiking miles, 1442 feet elevation difference
Third Divide Trail, Sierra , 7 miles away, 2.5 hiking miles, 2062 feet elevation difference
Bayes Cabin Road, Nevada , 8 miles away,  3.4 hiking miles, 1568 feet elevation difference
Bedbug Smith Trail, Sierra , 9 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 1927 feet elevation difference
Butcher Ranch Trail, Sierra , 10 miles away, 3 hiking miles, 2125 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yuba River - North Fork:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 65 miles away
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 10 miles away
Plumas-Eureka State Park, California , 16 miles away
Empire Mine State Park, California , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yuba River - North Fork:
The Golf Club at Whitehawk Ranch, Blairsden-Graeagle , 17 miles away
Plumas Pines Golf Resort, Blairsden-Graeagle , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Yuba River - North Fork
Weaver Lake, Nevada , 14 miles away
Young America Lake, Sierra , 15 miles away
Bowman Lake, Nevada , 15 miles away

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