Carson, E. Fork - 1. Wolf Creek Road to Hangman's Bridge

Carson, E. Fork, California, US


1. Wolf Creek Road to Hangman's Bridge

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 7.4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 60 fpm

Upper East Fork Carson

Upper East Fork Carson
Photo of Jennie Goldberg by Thomas O'Keefe taken 05/04/05 @ 1350 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Carson, EF near Wolf Creek
virtual-50608 200 - 2000 cfs III 01h00m 61 cfs (too low)
usgs-10308200 400 - 4000 cfs III 00h58m 122 cfs (too low)

River Description

The Upper EF Carson is a roadside run that is steep and continuous class 3 (or harder at higher flows).   Trees and strainers are a frequent problem, so scout thoroughly and be careful. 

Take Out:  
There is a small take out area on river right on the downstream side of the bridge.   There are some other options nearby, so scout carefully. 

Put in:
Above Hangman's Bridge, Highway 4 follows the river for 6 miles to near the junction of Silver Creek.  It then goes up Silver Creek.   Wolf Creek Road heads east up the EF Carson.   There appears to be a good launching area in about one mile, just before Wolf Creek Road leaves the river.   There are a number of other turnouts and good launching areas whenever the roads are near the river.   Scout and take your pick.   With investigation, boaters could probably launch even further upstream.     

Other Information Sources:
Check out the description in Bill Tuthill's California Creekin.
Holbeck and Stanley
East Fork Resort is just upstream of Hangman's Bridge. Call ahead for camping or to take out or launch at the nice beach there. 530 694-2229

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-05-16 03:23:26

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
1.1Silver Creek confluenceN/A
1.6Highway 4 bridgeN/AAccess
6.5East Fork ResortN/AAccess

Rapid Descriptions

Silver Creek confluence (Class N/A, Mile 1.1)

Silver Creek comes in from the left.

Highway 4 bridge (Class N/A, Mile 1.6)

There is good river access below this bridge.

East Fork Resort (Class N/A, Mile 6.5)

East Fork Resort has two big campsites.   They request that boaters call ahead to camp or to use their river frontage for boat launching/ take out.   Their river frontage is not available to boaters who do not call ahead.  Call  530-694-2229

User Comments

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July 1 2005 (4950 days ago)
zeek liebyDetails
Flow for the Upper is approx. 1/2 Flow as measured on Markleeville gauge. example: flow measured at
1400cfs,upper flow more like 700cfs. reason Markleeville creek almost doubles flow and it is below
upper run take out. Happy Boating!!!!