Elevation is about 1700 feet at this access location.
Look out for a small dam near the bridge. There does not appear to be any public access at this bridge.
There does not appear to be any public access at this bridge.
Some of the biggest rapids of the upper reaches are said to be just downstream of highway 50. Highway 50 is high above and does not provide any public access to the creek.
There is a painted gauge on the bridge at this access point. Runnable levels are generally considered to be from about 1 to 3 feet. Parking options appear limited and there are "No Trespassing" signs, but it is reported to be a common put in. Elevation is about 1460 feet.
Accessing the creek here, requires boat carrying for a little ways.
Elevation is about 890 feet. This is the most common put in for those paddling down to the SF American and the Salmon Falls take out.
The creek enters the river at Bouncing Rock rapid. Paddle another 2.3 miles down to the take out at Salmon Falls bridge. Elevation at the confluence is about 450 feet.
There is a painted gauge on the Green Valley Road bridge and also one at Big Cut Road. Look for gauge readings between 1 and 3 at Green Valley. There should be boatable flows during and after major rain storms in the winter and early spring.
Weber Reservoir page has inflow and outflow information posted by El Dorado Irrigation district. There is an option to look at hourly inflows to the reservoir, which should tell you how the creek is responding to a rain storm. The reservoir diverts almost all the water that comes into it, so outflow readings are not helpful. Boatable flow in the lower reaches has to come from tributaries below the reservoir. The Weber reservoir inflow reading should be a good predictor of boatable flows in the lower reaches, most of the time, but probably not always.
USGS gauge #11446000 operated between 1943 and 1959 on Webber Creek about a mile upstream from the SF American river. Looking at the historical records can provide a lot of very interesting information such as:Peak StreamflowsMonthly Mean FlowsDaily Mean Flows for 1952 as an example.These records give a good idea of typical flows and seasonal patterns. They clearly show how fast the creek can rise and fall. This auther does not know if Weber reservoir was constructed at the time of these records.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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