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California whitewater, Yuba River - South Fork

Nevada county, Edwards Crossing to Purdon Crossing section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     4 miles
  This section of Yuba River - South Fork in California is 4 miles long and it is classified as a class IV section by American Whitewater. The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river
    for a while have a lot of people coming here. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. The wonderful Nevada County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves
reasons enough to come here to paddle. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Truckee-Grass Valley, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but you'd  
better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Northern Sierra Nevada scenery is wonderful.

Briefly about the general area:
Empire Mine State Park is a tremendous site, and Yuba River - South Fork is right by the Humbug Trail. Now, you may think that's a load but there's even more fun things to do here in the Northern Sierra Nevada. Enjoy a lazy day on the beach at Pine Island Beach, and you're sure to bump into some nice folks from Nevada City here. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. The South Yuba Trail offers hiking at its best, and obviously, everyone loves Malakoff Diggins State Park.

Yuba River - South Fork, Edwards Crossing to Purdon Crossing 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:
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Purdon's Crossing to Route 49)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Edwards Crossing to Purdon Crossing)
Yuba River - South Fork, Nevada County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.2 miles long (Route 49 to Bridgeport)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Nevada/ Yuba County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.5 miles long (Route 49 to North Fork Yuba)
Yuba River, Yuba/ Nevada County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (North and Middle Fork confluence to Englebright Reservoir)
Yuba River - North Fork, Yuba County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 2.3 miles long (Bullards Bar Dam to Middle Fork Yuba)
Bear River, Nevada / Placer County, 11 miles away
      Class II-V - 11 miles long (Highway 174 Bridge to Lake Combie)
American River - North Fork, Placer County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.8 miles long (Colfax-Iowa Hill Road to Colfax-Foresthill Road Bridge)
Yuba River - North Fork, Sierra County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 8.5 miles long (Goodyears Bar Bridge to Highway 49 Bridge)
Yuba River - Middle Fork, Sierra/ Nevada/ Yuba County, 15 miles away
      Class III-V - 22 miles long (Plumago Crossing to Route 49)
 Ski Areas Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Soda Springs, California , 44 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 46 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 47 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 47 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Tahoe Donner, California , 52 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 14 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 54 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 54 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Granlibakken, California , 60 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Homewood, California , 60 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Northstar at Tahoe, California , 62 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 17 lifts, 70 runs
 Marinas Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Skippers Cove Marina, Smartsville , 18 miles away
Collins Lake Recreation Area, Oregon House , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Pine Island Beach, Nevada , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Nevada City Inn, Nevada City , 4 miles away
Best Western Gold Country Inn, Grass Valley , 5 miles away
Grass Valley Courtyard Suites, Grass Valley , 7 miles away
Gold Miners Inn, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Grass Valley , 7 miles away
Stagecoach Motel, Grass Valley , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Snow Mountain Camp LTD, Nevada City, 3 miles away
Cottonwood Creek - Tahoe National Forest, Nevada City, 3 miles away
Coyote Group - Tahoe National Forest, Nevada City, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Yuba River - South Fork:
South Yuba Trail, Nevada , 3 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 929 feet elevation difference
Humbug Trail, Nevada , 6 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 1041 feet elevation difference
Lafayette Ridge Trail, Sierra , 11 miles away, 4 hiking miles, 1583 feet elevation difference
Halls Ranch Trail, Sierra , 12 miles away, 6.3 hiking miles, 2105 feet elevation difference
Bayes Cabin Road, Nevada , 18 miles away,  3.4 hiking miles, 1568 feet elevation difference
Green Valley Trail, Placer , 18 miles away, 2.8 hiking miles, 2371 feet elevation difference
Bedbug Smith Trail, Sierra , 19 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 1927 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 67 miles away
Empire Mine State Park, California , 7 miles away
Malakoff Diggins State Park, California , 8 miles away
Auburn State Park, California , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yuba River - South Fork:
Nevada County Country Club, Grass Valley , 6 miles away
Quail Valley Golf Course, Grass Valley , 9 miles away
Lake Wildwood Association Golf Course, Penn Valley , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Yuba River - South Fork
Lake Vera, Nevada , 2 miles away
Herring Reservoir, Nevada , 5 miles away
Lake Francis, Yuba , 13 miles away

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