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Ponderosa Way Run Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the North Fork American River

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Ponderosa Way Run Info
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Put In:  Colfax-Foresthill Bridge
Take Out:  Ponderosa Way Bridge
Difficulty:  Class II + @ 500 - 1,500 cfs , Class III > 1,500 cfs
Gradient:  21 ft/mi
Run Length:  5 miles
Current Streamflow:  1790 cfs @ 12/14/2016 08:15 AM - NF AMERICAN R A NORTH FORK DAM CA, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  916-368-8682
Good Level:  500 to 2,000 cfs
Season Comments:  April, May, June
Primary Season: 

This section of river runs in the spring, usually during normal snowmelt

Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  All the rapids are class II/III and are easy to read and run.
Hazards:  None in particular
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private.
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 45 miles Northeast of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: From I-80, take the Weimar Cross Road exit and go east for 2 miles on Canyon Way to the Foresthill 13 road sign. Follow this road about 4 miles to the river.

Take-out: From Auburn, CA head east on I-80 to the Weimar exit. From Weimar, go east on Canyon Way to Ponderosa Way. Turn right and head approximately 5 miles to the river.

Towns near Ponderosa Way Run Kayaking

Auburn California
Chico California
Coloma California
Grass Valley California
Placerville California
Reno Nevada
Sacramento California
San Francisco California
Tahoe City California
Truckee California

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