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Difficulty IV-V
Length 24 Miles
Flow Range 1000 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 12.8 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 11/08/2016 3:45 pm

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.

Rapid Descriptions

Diversion Dam

Class - N/A Mile - 2
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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
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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
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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.


Gage Descriptions

Pit River below Diversion to Muck Valley Powerhouse   Some historical records are available for this gauge.  The records show that boatable flows occur in most years but not in every single year. 
Diversion Tunnel to Muck Valley  Historical records show typical amounts diverted from the river.  
Muck Valley Hydro website states that the Muck Valley Powerhouse can take up to 620 cfs.
Muck Valley Diversion  CDEC
Pit River near Canby is a long ways upstream but may correlate with flows in this reach.   There appear to be a lot of irrigation diversions between this gauge and the put in for this reach. 
Pit and McCloud River Basins.pdf USGS schematic

Directions Description

It is not clear which roads are passable or publicly accessible in this area.  

No Accident Reports




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