» North Fork Yuba
Bird’s Eye View
The North Fork Yuba makes for some exciting whitewater if you have honed your rafting or kayaking skills. Especially on the section from Union Flat to Downieville. This area should only be for advanced skill levels if taking a private trip. The Yuba River is bordered by National Forests, recreation areas, state parks and intersected by the Pacific Crest Trail. There is plenty of riverside camping or campgrounds along the river so try to eek out as much adventure as possible and spend two days on the river.
The North Yuba in a Nutshell
Gradient: 49 ft/mi
Length: 19 miles
Season: March – June
Put-in: Union Flat Campground
Take-out: Right bank, Shenanigan Flat, Hwy 49 Bridge
Who should go: Experts only above Goodyears Bar. Intermediate (w/ portages) Downieville to Shenanigan.
Whitewater & Scenery
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The North Yuba is most popular amongst private boaters, but a few outfitters will guide you down and take care of all the logistics. Like many remote runs, it’s the driving that takes up the most time.
Keep reading about North Fork Yuba Logistics.