The Pit 4 reach is a nice class IV reach with many long rapids. The character is similar to the lower part of the Pit 1 reach. The Pit Canyon is very pretty and Bald Eagle sightings are common. Spring releases will be occurring on the Pit 3, 4 and 5 reaches as part of the new license that American Whitewater helped to negotiate. Real time flow information is available on the American Whitewater Website since 2008. Also look to the release calendar on this page for scheduled flow releases. Look to the release calendar page for release information in California and across the Country.
Getting There: The Pit 4 reach is about 70 miles east of Redding. Take Hwy 299 East from Redding. 5 miles past the town of Burney is the Hwy 89 junction. Take 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 on Forest Route 37N06 after crossing the Dam.
Put in: Drive past the Pit 3 reach to the pit 4 Dam. There is a small road that leads to a good put-in location just below the dam.
Take out: Continue down Baker Road to the Pit 4 powerhouse. The take out is just upstream of the powerhouse.
FERC Information: The Pit 3,4 & 5 projects are all licensed together as FERC P-233. A new license was issued in 2007 for 36 years to 2043. The relicensing process will tend to start 5 or more years before the license expires.
Other information sources: Pit-4 AWetState guide
SIERRA WHITEWATER, MARTIN, 1974
Other Points of Interest in the Area:MacArther-Burney Falls State ParkLassen National Park
Letter from AW regarding the Shasta County ordinance banning recreational use of the Pit #4 reservoir
Real time flow information became available on the American Whitewater Website in 2009, but as of Oct 16, 2013 it is available from CDEC.
PR4 - PH-30 PIT RIVER BLW PIT NO 4 DAM
Also look to the release calendar on this page for schedules flow releases. Look to the release calendar page for release information in California and across the Country.
Historical data is available for this reach at the USGS gauge #11362500 page.
Realtime info is also available at CDEC Pit River below Pit 4 Dam.
LOCATION.--Lat 40°58'25", long 121°46'42" referenced to North American Datum of
1927, Shasta County, CA, Hydrologic Unit 18020003, unsurveyed, in Shasta National Forest,
on right bank, 0.2 mi downstream from unnamed tributary, 0.6 mi downstream from Ruling
Creek, 1.3 mi downstream from Pit No. 4 Dam, and 2.7 mi downstream from Pit No. 3
DRAINAGE AREA.--4,648 mi2, excluding Goose Lake Basin.
PERIOD OF RECORD.--May 1922 to current year. Monthly discharge only for some periods,
published in WSP 1315-A. Published as "near Pecks Bridge" April to October 1922, and as
"at Lindsay Flat" November 1922 to June 1927.
This USGS Pit/McCloud Schematic.pdf shows dams, diversions, reservoirs and gauges.
The AW - PG&E Flows Page shows a number of other PG&E flow reports on different river reaches.
The provisional flow data provided below has not been reviewed or edited, and may be subject to significant change.
Permits are not required for this reach.
To reach the Pit 4 reach, take Hwy 299 East from Redding. 5 miles past the town of Burney is the Hwy 89 junction. Take 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. Drive past the Pit 3 reach to the pit 4 Dam. There is a small road that leads to a good put-in location just below the dam. To reach the Take out, continue down the road to the Pit 4 powerhouse. The take out is just upstream of the powerhouse.
Pit 4 Class II
Pit 4 Canyon
Pit 4 Rafting
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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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