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California whitewater, Yuba River - South Fork

Nevada Placer county, Kingvale to Cisco Grove section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     5.2 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Truckee-Grass Valley, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This stretch of Yuba River - South Fork is 5.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V section. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Kingvale to Cisco Grove stretch is just one of many. There's camping available near Yuba River - South Fork. The nearby
    hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California are harder than the national norm, so better not forget
that lots of rivers here are not 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. The beautiful scenery of California and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling places. The beauty of the Northern  
Sierra Nevada is a great plus for this river.

Briefly about the general area:
Soda Springs is a very popular ski area around here, and Tahoe National Forest is a wonderful spot any time of year. And that's not all there is to do here in the Northern Sierra Nevada. Going for a hike on the Glacier Lakes Trail is always a wonderful adventure, and if you're going to from Soda Springs, you won't be the only one. At this river you will never have a bad time. Since you're here at Yuba River - South Fork why not take a look at Jones Valley; nearby you find the Loch Leven Trail which is a magnificent hiking trail.

Yuba River - South Fork, Kingvale to Cisco Grove 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 - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Fordyce Creek, Nevada County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12 miles long (Fordyce Lake to Lake Spaulding)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada/ Placer County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.2 miles long (Kingvale to Cisco Grove)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada/ Placer County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 7.5 miles long (Cisco Grove to Spaulding Reservoir)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12.3 miles long (Tadpole Creek to Euchre Bar)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (Wild Plum Campground to Downieville)
Rubicon River, Placer/ El Dorado County, 19 miles away
      Class V - 20.3 miles long (Ellicott Bridge to Ralston Afterbay)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14.5 miles long (Euchre Bar to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 21 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Washington to Edwards Crossing)
American River - Middle Fork, Placer County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.1 miles long (Mosquito Ridge Road to confluence with Middle Fork)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Sierra/ Nevada/ Yuba County, 23 miles away
      Class III-V - 22 miles long (Plumago Crossing to Route 49)
 Ski Areas Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 7 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 9 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 11 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 11 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 16 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 18 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 19 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Granlibakken, California , 25 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 25 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
Homewood, California , 26 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Hotels Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Donner Lake Village, Truckee , 14 miles away
Worldmark Olympic Village Inn, Olympic Valley , 18 miles away
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, Olympic Valley , 18 miles away
Village At Squaw Valley, Olympic Valley , 19 miles away
Resort At Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Hampshire Rocks - Tahoe National Forest, Nevada City, 1 miles away
Cold Springs Campground, Nevada County, 2 miles away
Sterling Lake Campground, Nevada County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Loch Leven Trail, Placer , 2 miles away,  4.4 hiking miles, 1191 feet elevation difference
Glacier Lakes Trail, Nevada , 2 miles away, 4.1 hiking miles, 559 feet elevation difference
Cherry Point Trail, Placer , 3 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 1079 feet elevation difference
Salmon Lake Trail, Placer , 3 miles away,  3.6 hiking miles, 330 feet elevation difference
Sugar Pine Point Trail, Placer , 4 miles away,  4.4 hiking miles, 392 feet elevation difference
Long Valley Trail, Placer , 5 miles away,  5.6 hiking miles, 816 feet elevation difference
Big Granite Trail, Placer , 5 miles away,  18.4 hiking miles, 3896 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Tahoe National Forest, California , 10 miles away
Donner Memorial State Park, California , 17 miles away
Burton Creek State Park, California , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Tahoe Donner Golf Course, Truckee , 16 miles away
Coyote Moon Golf Course, Truckee , 19 miles away
Old Greenwood Golf Course, Truckee , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Yuba River - South Fork
Lake Sterling, Nevada , 2 miles away
Nancy Lake, Placer , 2 miles away
Salmon Lake, Placer , 3 miles away

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