Pit - 1) Nubieber to Pittville

Pit, California, US


1) Nubieber to Pittville

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 24 Miles
Max Gradient 75 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-11348500 1000 - 3000 cfs IV-V 00h58m 626 cfs (too low)

River Description

Below Bieber the Pit meanders and braids through a wide wetlands.   The various channels rejoin and enter a canyon about 5.5 miles directly south of Bieber.  The first mile is flat, but after a diversion dam, rapids pick up. 

It is not at all clear whether there is any easy public access to this section of river.  Boaters will have to carefully study the maps, then do some investigation on the ground.

Put in: 
Charles Martin wrote that they put in from Lower Muck Valley Road which was dirt and rutted.   Our maps show a Babcock Road which is probably the same dirt road.  We have no idea if this road is accessible or gated.   It might be possible to drive to the diversion dam

Take out:  
A bridge crosses the river in Pitville, but any parking appears to be quite a ways away from the river.  There may be other options upstream from residential streets.

Flow information is also problematic.  Check the flow tab to see what clues might help to find out the flow in this reach. 

Other Information Sources: 
Muck Valley Hydro 
California Hydro Reform Coalition: Pit watershed 
Muck Valley is FERC project number P-8296 at FERC Online.  The license was issued in 1986 and expires in 2036.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-11-08 15:45:14

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
2.0Diversion DamN/APortage
10.5Horse CreekN/A
14.0Muck Valley PowerhouseN/A

Rapid Descriptions

Diversion Dam (Class N/A, Mile 2.0)

This dam diverts water to Muck Valley forebay and then on to Muck Valley powerhouse at mile 14.  The diverted water rejoins the river at that point.  

The portage is likely on river left, as the diversion is on river right. 

There is a gauging station below the dam, but only historical data is available for it. 

Horse Creek (Class N/A, Mile 10.5)

This creek comes in from river left.   The rapids appear to ease off shortly after this point.

Muck Valley Powerhouse (Class N/A, Mile 14.0)

The river is flat from here on.   Martin reported that brush and trees were a problem in several spots.  The powerhouse has a max capacity of 620 cfs.

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