This wide meandering valley river passes through an area that had major gold mining via dredger. The dredger tailings cover a vast area and extend along the river for about 7 miles. Farmland borders the river near Marysville.
Daguerre Point Dam: at mile 6.4, is a dangerous hazard. Portage on river left. The reversal at the base of the dam has drowned a number of people. The Army Corp places large signs 500 feet upstream of the dam to warn people away.
Other Information Sources: YubaRiver.orgLower Yuba River Accord - River Management TeamYuba County Water AgencyDaguerre Point Dam: Fish Passage ProjectDrowning Deaths at Daguerre Point Appeal Democrat news story"Sierra Whitewater" by Charles Martin
The turbulant reversal below this dangerous dam is a keeper and will not release swimmers. It has claimed the lives of several boaters or floaters who have been swept over the dam.
The dam can be easily portaged on river left, so stay towards the left side as you get near. Take out a safe distance above the dam. The Army Corp has placed large warning signs 500 feet upstream of the dam. You are supposed to take out at least 500 feet upstream of the dam.
If you find yourself on the right side of the dam it can also be portaged on river right from further upstream. There is a strong diversion outflow marked with a boom on the right side of the dam. Take out upstream of this diversion if you should end up on this side.
This may be an access point to the river.
The actual boatable range is unknown to this author. I will adjust these numbers when I can. Considering the low gradient the boatable range is likely to be from very low to very high. High flows increase the danger, especially at Daguerre Point Dam. Anyone who is not absolutely confident and skilled enough to recognize the dam and take out above it, should not paddle at high flows.
The Parks Bar gauge reflects flows at the put in, while the gauge near Marysville reflects flows near the end.
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