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Difficulty III
Length 6 Miles
Gauge Pit Below Pit 3 Dam
Flow Range 500 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 4 hours ago 2829 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 11/08/2016 3:47 pm

River Description


At 1,500 cfs the Pit 3 reach is reported to be a pretty continuous Class III run with many high quality play areas and long wave trains. There are pools between rapids, but several rapids are very long.  

You can do this run in conjuction with the Pit 4 and Pit 5 reaches down stream.  During the spring releases all three reaches will be running.  It is possible that this reach may have some vegetation in the channel that has grown in since the flow studies were conducted in 2002. 

Getting There:
Access the Pit 3 Reach by taking Hwy 299 to the Hwy 89 junction and taking Hwy 89 North towards Lake Britton.  After 4.2 miles on Hwy 89 take a left on Clark Creek Road to the Lake Britton Dam.  Take a left onto Forest Route 37N06 after crossing the Dam.  This road follows the river, but it is fairly high above the river for the first half of the run.

Put in: The put-in is down the long stairway just below the dam on the river right side. 

Take out: Continue down Forest Route 37N06 to the Pit 3 powerhouse.  Several take out options are available just above the powerhouse.

Other Information Sources:   
see the description in SIERRA WHITEWATER, MARTIN, 1974

Rapid Descriptions

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Summary of Gauge Readings

Minimum flows are 150 cfs or a little more, year round.  

Real Time flow information is now posted at Pit River Below Lake Britton which is a CDEC page.  The gauge data should be displayed here soon.   The gauge came online on September 28, 2011. 

This USGS Pit/McCloud Schematic.pdf  shows dams, diversions, reservoirs and gauges.

 

 

 

 

 

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
Pit Below Pit 3 Dam
AW Gauge Info
2829 cfs ℹ️ 04h55m
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Directions Description


Access the Pit 3 Reach by taking Hwy 299 to the Hwy 89 junction and taking Hwy 89 North towards Lake Britton.  After 4.2 miles on Hwy 89 take a left on Clark Creek Road to the Lake Britton Dam.  Take a left after crossing the Dam. The put-in is down the long stairway just below the dam on the river right side.  To reach the Take out, continue down the road to the Pit 3 powerhouse.  Several take out options are available just above the powerhouse.

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PG&E Flows

2008-06-30 00:00:00-04
ryan groth

Summary and collection of PG&E and AW resources and the latest in flow data for the website.

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2011-06-14 00:00:00-04
Paul D. Martzen

Middle Fork American, Pit River, Tuolumne flow updates

Several utilities periodically report flows to us for river segments that do not have online gauges.   They sometimes make estimates of upcoming flows based on predicted weather conditions.   We will try to update that information to this news article when we receive the new information.   

Middle Fork American River
Blw French Meadows:  220 cfs
Duncan Creek blw Diversion: 165
Abv Middle Fork Interbay:  500 cfs
Blw Middle Fork Interbay:  525 cfs (estimate)
Abv Ralston Afterbay:  600 cfs

Rubicon River
Hell Hole Elevation: 4631.68 ft
Ellicotts:  1610 cfs
Abv Ralston Afterbay:  1990 cfs

North Fork of the Middle Fork American:   540 cfs

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