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Difficulty IV
Length 7 Miles
Gauge PIT RIVER BLW PIT NO 4 DAM (PH-30)
Flow Range 800 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 4 hours ago 424 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/08/2016 3:48 pm

River Description


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 Park
Lassen National Park

 

Rapid Descriptions

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Gage Descriptions

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
   Powerplant.
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.

Take Out

40.987,-121.85

Permits

NA

Directions Description


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.

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6/14/2011
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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PG&E Flows

6/30/2008
ryan groth

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

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Paul Martzen

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Thomas O'Keefe

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Matt Muir

Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1200540 08/23/11 Paul Martzen flow phone link added
1197824 06/16/10 Paul Martzen Pg&E flow page, USGS schematic link, other minor additions
1200549 08/23/11 Paul Martzen Added gauge link
1201380 06/06/12 Paul Martzen new link
1202820 10/31/13 Paul Martzen Added links to new CDEC gauges
1206997 11/08/16 Thomas O'Keefe title change
1190058 12/27/08 n/a n/a