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North Fork Cosumnes River - Lower Run Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Cosumnes River

North Fork Cosumnes River - Lower Run Info
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Put In:  Sciaroni Road
Take Out:  Sweeney's Crossing
Difficulty:  Class V + , Portage
Gradient:  160 fpm
Run Length:  7.5 miles
Good Level:  300 - 500 cfs, Optimum 400 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this river
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, November, December
Primary Season:  This run only runs in the winter and spring, usually after a few days of heavy rain or during normal snowmelt.
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Like the upper section this run has many big sieves and lots of rocks in the wrong places. This run is very similar to the upper run but this lower portion is more difficult
Hazards:  Lots of sieves and class V+ rapids with heavy consequences.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 59.2 miles (1 hour 15 minutes) East of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: From Placerville take Highway 49 south from Highway 50. In 3 miles turn left onto Pleasant Valley Road. Turn right onto Buck’s Bar Road in 5 miles. In 5 miles you will arrive at Somerset, from here cross E-16 and take Grizzly Flat Road 12 miles to Capps Crossing Road. Continue straight onto Sciaroni Road and drive 3 miles to the put in.

Take Out: To reach the take out drive to Somerset from Grizzly Flat. Take a right onto Sweeney’s Road in about 6 miles. After turning onto Sweeny’s Road the take out is about 4 miles away.

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