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South Fork Yuba River - Route 49 Bridge Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Yuba River

South Fork Yuba River - Route 49 Bridge Info
Use this information at your own risk. See our legal notices.
Put In:  Route 49
Take Out:  Bridgeport
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V , Portage
Gradient:  70 - 120 fpm
Run Length:  7.2 miles
Good Level:  1,000 - 2,000 cfs, Optimum 1,500 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this section of river.
Season Comments:  March, April, May
Primary Season:  This section of the South Yuba is dam-controlled and usually only runs during the spring after a large snowpack season. The season for this stretch is usually really short, during the peak of snowmelt you can expect to see an adequate amount of water.
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  This run is very similar to the section just above, the two runs are often paddled together. Although they are similar the gradient does taper off just a little in this section.
Hazards:  A couple miles down river is a 8-foot ledge that creates a sticky hydraulic. Below the ledge the action picks up for a few miles with many difficult rapids that should be scouted. About a mile before the take out make sure and scout Tiger Tail Rapid, it is difficult to scout because of the near vertical gorge walls.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 61.1 miles (1 hours 9 minutes) Northeast of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: From Nevada City go north on Highway 49 for about 8 miles to the bridge over the South Fork Yuba, put in there.

Take Out: From the put in continue north on Highway 49 for 4 miles. Turn left onto Birchville Road; in a short distance take another left onto Pleasant Valley Road. This road will take you to river level.

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