Eel - 2) Lake Pillsbury to Van Arsdale Reservoir

Eel, California, US


2) Lake Pillsbury to Van Arsdale Reservoir

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 9 Miles
Avg. Gradient 23 fpm

Dennis Menace III

Dennis Menace III
Photo by Zak Lieby taken 04/11/09 @ 300 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
cdec-EVA 500 - 7000 cfs III-IV 03h17m 140 cfs (too low)
Eel Rel Lake Pillsbury
dream-020 300 - 7000 cfs III-IV 48h16m 220 cfs (too low)

River Description

Great class III run, Dennis Menice and Double Falls stand out as III+, but there are lots of fun II-III rapids.


This run is about one hour NE of Ukiah.  Southside road is good for shuttle from put-in to take-out. Northside road is the best way to the put-in and the best road home.


Other Information Sources:

Cassady & Calhoun, Holbek & Stanley, Schwind, Penny
Bill Tuthill's California Creekin.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-01-22 00:38:53

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
5.7Bucknell Creek AccessN/AAccess

Rapid Descriptions

Bucknell Creek Access (Class N/A, Mile 5.7)

Below this creek the river difficulty is easier.  Long pools seperate fewer and easier rapids.

User Comments

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December 25 2000 (6558 days ago)
Randy HodgesDetails
The access/shuttle road on the south side of the river is open again. This makes the shuttle much
shorter. p.s. - You can get an approximation of the flow for much of the year by looking at the
Lake Mendocino Inflow. See the EF Russian write-up for a link. Randy Hodges

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