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California whitewater, Yuba River - South Fork

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


CLASS IV-V(V+)     7.5 miles
  The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often more challenging than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. The scenic beauty of California and the water flowing gracefully down Yuba River - South Fork have people coming here. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance
    because these hotels fill up quick. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. There are campgrounds quite near the river
where you can camp. The Cisco Grove to Spaulding Reservoir section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. If you're coming from Truckee-Grass Valley it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. The Cisco Grove to Spaulding Reservoir section of Yuba River - South Fork in California  
is 7.5 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V(V+) section by American Whitewater. The wild scenery of the Northern Sierra Nevada is great. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Emigrant Gap here, and the best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of nearby Soda Springs. Just can't get enough of the Northern Sierra Nevada. Don't leave Yuba River - South Fork without first going for a hike along the Grouse Ridge Trail. A delightful location in the vicinity of Yuba River - South Fork is Sixmile Valley, and there are delightful places to look at along the Mears Lake Valley Trail.

Yuba River - South Fork, Cisco Grove to Spaulding Reservoir road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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These outdoors activities are available near Yuba River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada/ Placer County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 7.5 miles long (Cisco Grove to Spaulding Reservoir)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12.3 miles long (Tadpole Creek to Euchre Bar)
Fordyce Creek, Nevada County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12 miles long (Fordyce Lake to Lake Spaulding)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada/ Placer County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.2 miles long (Kingvale to Cisco Grove)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14.5 miles long (Euchre Bar to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (Wild Plum Campground to Downieville)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 14 miles long (Washington to Edwards Crossing)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Sierra/ Nevada/ Yuba County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 22 miles long (Plumago Crossing to Route 49)
American River - Middle Fork, Placer County, 18 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, 20 miles away
      Class II-IV(V+) - 17 miles long (Oxbow Bend to Drivers Flat Road)
 Ski Areas Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 14 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 16 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 18 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 18 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 23 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 25 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 25 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Granlibakken, California , 31 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 32 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 32 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Hotels Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Deer Creek Inn, Nevada City , 18 miles away
Donner Lake Village, Truckee , 21 miles away
Nakoma Golf Resort, Clio , 23 miles away
Worldmark Olympic Village Inn, Olympic Valley , 25 miles away
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, Olympic Valley , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Silver Tip Campground, Placer County, 1 miles away
Kelly Lake Campground, Placer County, 1 miles away
Lodgepole, Emigrant Gap, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Mears Lake Valley Trail, Placer , 2 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 863 feet elevation difference
Grouse Ridge Trail, Nevada , 2 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 1886 feet elevation difference
Spaulding Lake Trail, Nevada , 3 miles away,  3.6 hiking miles, 601 feet elevation difference
Big Valley Trail, Placer , 3 miles away, 2.8 hiking miles, 1052 feet elevation difference
Sugar Pine Point Trail, Placer , 4 miles away,  4.4 hiking miles, 392 feet elevation difference
Glacier Lakes Trail, Nevada , 5 miles away,  9 hiking miles, 770 feet elevation difference
Round Lake Trail, Nevada , 5 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 406 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Tahoe National Forest, California , 17 miles away
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 23 miles away
Donner Memorial State Park, California , 24 miles away
 Lakes Near Yuba River - South Fork
Kelly Lake, Placer , 1 miles away
Lake Valley Reservoir, Placer , 1 miles away
Rucker Lake, Nevada , 5 miles away

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