Yuba - Highway 20 to Marysville

Yuba, California, US


Highway 20 to Marysville

Usual Difficulty I (for normal flows)
Length 14 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
cdec-YPB 300 - 7000 cfs I 02h19m 2961 cfs (running)
Actual range uncertain
cdec-MRY 300 - 10000 cfs I 00h50m 3422 cfs (running)
actual upper and lower limits may be different

River Description

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: 
Lower Yuba River Accord - River Management Team
Yuba County Water Agency
Daguerre Point Dam: Fish Passage Project
Drowning Deaths at Daguerre Point  Appeal Democrat news story

"Sierra Whitewater" by Charles Martin


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-07-07 20:34:59


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
6.4Daguerre Point DamN/APortage Hazard
10.5Hollywood BoulevardN/AAccess

Rapid Descriptions

Daguerre Point Dam (Class N/A, Mile 6.4)

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.  

Hollywood Boulevard (Class N/A, Mile 10.5)

This may be an access point to the river.

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