Class 4 & 5 spring whitewater on theNorth Fork Yuba river
North Fork Yuba offer both veterans and active first-timers a variety of whitewater rafting thrills on over 28 miles of river. Raft trips from 1 – 3 days can be combined for varying levels of difficulty. At higher flows previous paddling experience is recommended. However people who are competent swimmers, athletic and adventurous can enjoy some of these runs when the peak snow melt is over. Even at lower flows, the North Fork Yuba River offers exciting rafting in smaller boats.
Despite the most popular section including the infamous Class 5 “Maytag” rapid, it occurs towards the end of the run. We always scout this. Anyone who does not want to run it after seeing it can opt to hike around. You can watch other participants brave the big drop and not come away disappointed.
Though a bit further to drive from the Bay Area than the American River, we can guarantee its well worth that extra mileage. Despite its closeness to Sacramento and San Francisco, rafting on the North Fork Yuba river is a special experience. This uncrowded gem has just 3 permitted outfitters. Tributary is one of two outfitters who pioneered this river for commercial rafting in 1981 and we are the only company still operating under the same ownership. It is a very special river to us, and we would love to have you join us.
The North Fork Yuba River travels through the scenic Tahoe National Forest, and is fed by the snow-melt from the majestic 8000+ peaks of the Sierra Buttes. It is located at the north end of the fabled Mother Lode highway (Hwy 49). The nearby mining towns of Downieville and Sierra City provide rustic charm and great history. There is plentiful camping, a good selection of restaurants, cozy cabins & motels, saloons and historic landmarks.
Great opportunities are available in the area for hiking, fishing and mountain biking. For those travelling from the Bay Area or Sacramento, the towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City are conveniently on your way. They provide unique experiences and accommodations to extend your stay.
Raft California operates under permit from the Tahoe National Forest Yuba River Ranger District and is an equal opportunity service provider.
North Fork Yuba River rafting trips are subject to snow melt. The snow pack can change quickly and we have had Miracle March before so don’t give up! Check out our Predictions page for the latest updates,
or call us.