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This gauge is located on the Middle Fork Feather at Milsap Bar which is the take-out for this run. It also includes flows from the Little North Fork of the Middle Fork Feather who's confluence is at Milsap.
Early season flows will have significant input from side creeks downstream of putin, thus 1000cfs in March may make for a very boney first day but 1000cfs in June a quite reasonable first day. Some clue might be obtained from this gauge way upstream of putin near
Flow information is also available from dreamflows.com
Permits are not required for this reach.
Directions to take-out:
From Oroville, CA, drive east on CA-162, “Oroville-Quincy Hwy,” for about 22 miles to the tiny town of Brush Creek. Turn Right on Bald Rock Rd and then almost immediately left onto Milsap Bar Rd. Unfortunately, the road does not currently go all the way to the river. You should see a sign telling you that the road is closed. As of this writing, there was a good place to park and pick up river runners about 2 miles up from the river. We don’t advise leaving a vehicle parked here for the entirety of your run, as there have been break-ins and vandalism in the past. The road is only experiencing a “temporary closure;” however, it could be years before it is reopened. However, checking road conditions with Feather River Ranger District at (530) 534-6500 for current information about road access as well as any other emerging hazards or safety issues. Another good resource is the Plumas National Forest website.
Directions to put-in:
The Put-in for Devil's Canyon is the Red Bridge on La Porte Rd just outside of Quincy, CA. There are multiple ways to get there from the Lake Oroville area. There’s the quickest way (A), and then there’s the most reliable way (B). Don’t trust Google for your decision here.
Most direct route from the take-out: If you are driving your own shuttle and are going directly to the put-in from the take-out then continue east on CA-162 for about 40 miles to the town of Quincy. Continue straight on to CA-70 East for 3.5 miles. Turn right on La Porte Rd. Drive 8 miles to Red Bridge Campground. The best place to launch is on River Right downstream of the bridge, but the best camping is on River Left just upstream from the bridge.
The second option is longer, but more reliable, and especially convenient if you are using a shuttle service or have a generous shuttle bunny. Drive back down to Oroville from the take-out then head north CA-70 for 86 miles, along the North Fork of the Feather (home to the famous class V Tobin section, class IV “Lowbin” section as well as the Rock Creek section and Cresta. Past Quincy, Turn right on La Porte Rd. Drive 8 miles to Red Bridge Campground.
Falls in Devil's Canyon
Scouting Franklin Falls
Portage in Devil's Canyon
Log Dam, Main Line
Middle Fork Boof
Complex Rapid 2
Devil's Canyon OSHA approved Seal launch
Above Franklin Falls
Hoskins on Feather
Approaching the portage
Campfire on the Middle Fork Feather
Paddle recovery, Portage, Devils Canyon
Boof in Slide rapid
Nick Breaks Through
Big Rapid above Granite Dome Falls
What a day
Franklin Falls, Middle Fork Feather
Devil's Canyon, Middle Fork Feather
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American Whitewater and the Plumas National Forest have developed alternative access points for the Bald Rock Canyon and Devil's Canyon runs on the Middle Fork Feather through the end of July. Read more for details on what you'll need and how to get there... (updated 7/5/2011)
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