Russian, California, US
|Usual Difficulty||II+(III) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||15 fpm|
|Max Gradient||50 fpm|
|RUSSIAN R NR CLOVERDALE CA|
|usgs-11463000||200 - 30000 cfs||II+(III)||00h50m||1120 cfs (running)|
|Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report. Gauge (503 sq.mi. drainage) is about midway on this reach, thus should accurately show actual flow in this reach.|
This section is commonly called the Squaw Rock section because the main landmark is a large volcanic bluff around which the river flows. The largest rapid is also at the base of this bluff. However the name of the bluff has been changed to Frog Woman Rock, which was the local Pomo Indian name for this formation.
There are many alternate put-ins and take-outs here. The section from Pieta Creek to Comminsky Station is pretty flat except for Frog Woman Rock itself. You might consider entering at Comminsky instead. We often do the 1.5 Mile stretch from Comminsky to just below C-Turn. We feel that this short stretch has the best playing potential. There is a large turn-out from the freeway there and you will often see parked cars with racks on them.
You might also consider taking out at NACO or Preston. Both are considerably easier take-outs than the bridge. The bridge take out involves either private property (occasionally enforced) or a steep artificial talus slope. Take out (googlemap)
The Frog Woman Rock Rapid is the only true Class III here. It is considerably harder when the flow is below 300 or above 1500. Above 2000, it is probably a Class IV. You may scout this rapid from the road before you run it.
The "C-Turn" rapid can be Class III-/III at flows greater than 700 or so CFS. Be sure to take the left-hand channel from the large pool above.
Warning - This section has had a number of trees (strainers) across the river in some years.
Frog Woman Rock is the original Pomo Indian name for this volcanic rock. Bi-tsin’ ma-ca Ka-be’. (frog woman cliff), or kawao maatha qhabe, Frog Woman Rock. The Frog Woman has a beautiful face but the body of a frog. She lives in a den in the rock. She can leap a hundred feet and snatches up passing kayakers. She makes them pleasure her, then devours them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frog_Woman_Rock The historic landmark along the highway has been changed from Squaw Rock to Frog Woman Rock.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|2.5||Comminsky Station Splat Rock|
This is the only Class III. The water drops significantly as it makes a large bend around a 500 foot high rock. There are several drops. The biggest involves fast manuvering around a large rock at low water. Above 1500 or so CFS, the rock forms a pretty much unavoidable hole.