Now is the time to paddle the N. Yuba River and Pauley Creek. The past few years the whitewater rafting season hasn't been great and quite short. This spring though we're excited that it's dramatically better.
Water flows on the N. Yuba River have been holding steady at about 1300 to 1400 cubic feet per second. Here's the latest chart from the U.S.G.S. for the past couple of days taken on the NFYR at Goodyears Bar. Click "Here" to visit the USGS on the web for the most accurate and up to date water flows.
The N. Yuba River is not for the faint of heart. It holds Class V and IV rapids that are serious challenges and we recommend that should you decide to take this one on, you do so with experienced paddlers or the help of professional guide service only!
Here's a map which shows you put in spots and take out spots as well as where some of the big water is located.
Another great stretch of water to paddle on is Pauley Creek. It contains some tremendous scenery with multiple waterfalls, one is even a 20 foot plunge. The creek runs directly into the Downie River which then joins the N. Yuba River.
Here's a video produced by the team at Bullet Watercraft a couple of years ago. It was filmed the last time Pauley Creek went off with serious water, and it shows you what this tremendous stretch of water looks like. We think it's one of Sierra County's most overlooked creeks to enjoy. It's not just great to paddle on, it also contains red hot fishing for native rainbows, browns and brooks and is a nature photographers dream.
If whitewater rafting or kayaking in the spring isn't your thing, there is always just plain old tubing fun to be had in the summer on the NFYR. Great for kids and adults alike.
Either way, no matter what your pleasure we hope you get up to Sierra County and enjoy our rivers and creeks. They are truly a precious resource that you'll have a great time playing in with friends and family.
Friends of Hwy 49 Adventures
If you're interested in lodging along the N. Yuba River for your next paddling adventure, consider Indian Valley Outpost Resort. It's a popular take out spot and rest stop along the N. Yuba River for paddlers. You can use it as your base camp and stay in their big house or cabins, authentic Sioux Indian tee-pees, or one of their r.v. campsites. They also have a general store, restaurant with delicious food and a bar with tasty libations to hang out and socialize with friends and family.
It's a great resort to stay and play while you explore the numerous trails in the Tahoe National Forest, fish or swim in the N. Yuba River, or just get lost exploring Fiddle Creek which runs through the resort grounds and into the N. Yuba River. We invite you to check out Indian Valley Outpost Resort, it's a wonderful full service destination property in Sierra County.