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Difficulty III-IV
Length 9 Miles
Gauge RIVER BELOW VAN ARSDALE DAM 24HR AVG
Flow Range 500 - 7000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 6 hours ago 56 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 01/22/2010 12:38 am

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.

Rapid Descriptions

Bucknell Creek Access

Class - N/A Mile - 5.7
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Below this creek the river difficulty is easier.  Long pools seperate fewer and easier rapids.

Comments

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Zak Lieby
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10 years ago

Ran it yesterday. Flow was 300cfs as reported on Dreamflows from CDEC daily average. 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. It is about one hour NE of Ukiah. Great class III run, Dennis Menice and Double Falls stand out as III+, but there are lots of fun II-III rapids.

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Randy Hodges
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18 years ago

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

Gage Descriptions

Lake Pillsbury has low but boatable releases through the summer and fall.   Winter and spring releases can be high. 

 

The Van Arsdale outflow is below the take out and below the Potter powerhouse diversion so it is not accurate for this reach during low flow periods.  However, during high flow season it gives a good indication of actual flows because the diverted amount will be relatively small.    
EVA - EEL RIVER BELOW VAN ARSDALE DAM 24HR AVG - CDEC
Potter Powerhouse flows - 24HR AVG- CDEC

Flows at the take out should equal the flows below Van Arsdale minus the Potter powerhouse flows.

 

USGS Schematic of Eel Basin  
Historical data for the diversion to Potter Valley Powerhouse from Van Arsdale reservoir.
Historical data for the Eel below Pillsbury (Scott Dam).
Historical data for the Eel below Van Arsdale 

Permits

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Directions Description


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.

Date Flow Result Factor  
1984-11-28 High Fatality High Water Read More

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News

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Eel River and Cache Creek in New National Monument (CA)

7/10/2015
Kevin Colburn

Earlier today the designation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument was announced. The new 330,780 acre National Monument is in Northern California and contains two whitewater sections of Cache Creek and two sections of the Eel River that offer some great paddling relatively close to San Francisco. The area also offers outstanding hiking and other recreational opportunities. This designation should ensure that the paddling opportunities and the landscape that supports them remain special for generations to come.  

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Matt Muir

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