For the love of paddling
Plumas County has excellent whitewater opportunities for kayakers and rafters of all levels. With classes ranging from II to V, the Feather River Watershed is one of the best places in Northern California to plan your next whitewater adventure.
Where to Kayak in Plumas County
North Fork of the Feather River
The North Fork of the Feather along Highway 70 from the intersection of Highway 89 (Greenville Wye) to Twain or Virgilia has ratings of Class II and III.
Middle Fork of the Feather River
The Middle Fork of the Feather at its upper stretches is gentler, with easier access. From Clio to the Mohawk Bridge near Blairsden is a slow Class I and II, suitable for beginner canoeing. During the spring runoff, class II and III rafting and kayaking is recommended from Mohawk to Sloat, or from Sloat to the La Porte Road bridge, with take-out at the campground.
The Wild and Scenic Zone of the Middle Fork past the La Porte Road bridge is for teams of expert rafters and kayakers only.
The renowned 32 mile, three-day trip to Milsap Bar is an extremely difficult wilderness adventure that takes experts past deep canyon walls, numerous boulders and waterfalls. Experts regard this remote and scenic stretch as the most spectacular multi-day kayaking trip in California.
Indian Creek Falls
Kayaking and Rafting Seasons in Plumas County
The kayaking and rafting season in Plumas County runs approximately from January to April or May, depending on the flow. By early July, flows are low enough that it’s time to kick back, grab a beverage, and find an inner tube for short float trips on the upper stretches of the Middle and North Fork Feather Rivers.
The Feather River Festival is on the fourth Saturday in September.