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.

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North Fork Yuba River Whitewater Photo Gallery


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The North Yuba in a Nutshell

Difficulty: Class IV-V (Goodyears)

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.

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Whitewater & Scenery

Whitewate & Scenery Tucked away deep in the California foothills, the North Fork of the Yuba boasts crystal clear water flowing over granite boulders, creating some extremely technical, challenging rapids.

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River Flows

River FlowsSpring is where it’s at if you’re looking to run the NF Yuba. Running wild and free, the spring snowmelt determines when and how high the Yuba flows.

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LogisticsThe 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.

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North Yuba Video


Watch a North Fork Yuba video of Goodyear’s Bar before you see it up close.

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Places to Eat, Places to Stay
& Things To Do

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Local Gear Shops

Local Gear ShopsBuy gear and other supplies for your whitewater trip on the NF Yuba in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Auburn, or Online.

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