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Difficulty III
Length 7.4 Miles
Flow Range 400 - 4000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 22 minutes ago 25.1 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/16/2011 3:23 am

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

Rapid Descriptions

Silver Creek confluence

Class - N/A Mile - 1.1
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Silver Creek comes in from the left.

Highway 4 bridge

Class - N/A Mile - 1.6
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There is good river access below this bridge.

East Fork Resort

Class - N/A Mile - 6.5
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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


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zeek lieby
15 years ago

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!!!!

Gage Descriptions

The virtual gauge reported here is 1/2 the gauge reading below Markleeville Creek.  

CDEC Snowplot graphs show this years snow pack in comparison to last years snowpack plus mean, highest and lowest snowpack years.
USGS #10308200  is the gauge for the Carson below Markleeville Creek.  Historical data can also be searched for this gauge.
NOAA 5 day flow prediction 3 Year plot  compares flows for the most recent 3 years.
SNOTEL - Monitor Pass  Provides real time and historical snow depth and precipitation data at nearby Monitor Pass.

Directions Description

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1200114 05/16/11 Paul Martzen Added virtual gauge and links
1189955 10/23/06 n/a n/a