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Tributary - Fordyce Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Yuba River


Tributary - Fordyce Creek Info
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Put In:  Fordyce Lake
Take Out:  Lake Spaulding
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V , Portage
Gradient:  50 - 220 fpm
Run Length:  12 miles, 2 miles on lake
Good Level:  350 - 600 cfs, Optimum 500 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this creek but most years there is a consistant flow of 400 cfs throughout the summer
Season Comments:  June, July, August
Primary Season:  This creek is dam controlled and releases usually happen from June to August
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Good intro to other High Sierra creeks. Mostly class III/IV rapids with a few class V/VI rapids that can be portaged. Unlike most runs in the High Sierras, this creek flows all summer long.
Hazards:  This is a committing run, the lower portion of this run has been described as a portage fest of sorts. Most of the drops are clean and runnable but should be scouted
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  Yes
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 84.1 miles (1 hour 39 minutes) Northeast of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From I-80 take the Route 20 exit, head west and in 2.3 miles turn right on the road for Spaulding Lake. In about a 1 mile you will arrive at a parking area looking over the lake, this is the take out.

Put In: From the take out return to I-80 and head east for 5 miles to the Cisco Grove exit. Cross over the South Fork Yuba River and continue to the stop sign. At the stop sign turn left, then drive for a few hundred yards and turn right onto Fordyce Lake Road. Follow this small dirt road for about 5 miles uphill. The road is manageable until you begin to drive down hill. A large 4WD pick up is needed or you can hike the remaining 2 miles to the put in.





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