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.
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
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.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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.
Pit 3 Reach
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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 RiverBlw French Meadows: 220 cfsDuncan Creek blw Diversion: 165Abv Middle Fork Interbay: 500 cfsBlw Middle Fork Interbay: 525 cfs (estimate) Abv Ralston Afterbay: 600 cfsRubicon RiverHell Hole Elevation: 4631.68 ftEllicotts: 1610 cfsAbv Ralston Afterbay: 1990 cfsNorth Fork of the Middle Fork American: 540 cfs
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