Pit, California, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Max Gradient||75 fpm|
|PIT R NR CANBY CA|
|usgs-11348500||1000 - 3000 cfs||IV-V||01h03m||1170 cfs (running)|
|Correlation with boatable range unknown This gauge is far upstream of the put in.|
Below Bieber the Pit meanders and braids through a wide wetlands. The various channels rejoin and enter a canyon about 5.5 miles directly south of Bieber. The first mile is flat, but after a diversion dam, rapids pick up.
It is not at all clear whether there is any easy public access to this section of river. Boaters will have to carefully study the maps, then do some investigation on the ground.
Charles Martin wrote that they put in from Lower Muck Valley Road which was dirt and rutted. Our maps show a Babcock Road which is probably the same dirt road. We have no idea if this road is accessible or gated. It might be possible to drive to the diversion dam
A bridge crosses the river in Pitville, but any parking appears to be quite a ways away from the river. There may be other options upstream from residential streets.
Flow information is also problematic. Check the flow tab to see what clues might help to find out the flow in this reach.
Other Information Sources:
SIERRA WHITEWATER, MARTIN, 1974
Muck Valley Hydro
California Hydro Reform Coalition: Pit watershed
Muck Valley is FERC project number P-8296 at FERC Online. The license was issued in 1986 and expires in 2036.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|14.0||Muck Valley Powerhouse||N/A|
This dam diverts water to Muck Valley forebay and then on to Muck Valley powerhouse at mile 14. The diverted water rejoins the river at that point.
The portage is likely on river left, as the diversion is on river right.
There is a gauging station below the dam, but only historical data is available for it.
This creek comes in from river left. The rapids appear to ease off shortly after this point.
The river is flat from here on. Martin reported that brush and trees were a problem in several spots. The powerhouse has a max capacity of 620 cfs.