If you start out your run at Floriston you can hike up a short distance to run Bronco which is the last rapid on the section above this one (Alpine Meadow Road to Floriston). Most of this run consists of class II rapids which become fun class II/III at higher flows. Beware of three diversion dams on this section particularly as flows increase. Although they have been run at various times, they can also be deadly at certain flows. The most significant rapid on this section is Deadman's which can push class IV at higher flows with some big hydraulics. Here the river piles up against bedrock on river right.
Access for this section is available at Floriston which is Exit 199 off I-80. After exiting, head underneath the highway to a parking spot on river right near the railroad tracks. If you are going to start your run with Bronco just head up the dirt road on river right between the river and the railroad tracks. It's about a 15 minutes walk to the top of the rapid. Alternate put-in access is available 1.7 miles downstream at Farad at exit 201. A decent take-out that avoids one of the diversion dams is available off Quilci Ranch Road but it's a little tricky to find and it helps to have a decent guide. Alternatively you can continue down to Crystal Creek Park in Verdi where access is available on the upstream river right side of the 3rd Street Bridge.
The Truckee Meadows Water Authority publishes a river recreation map. Download the pdf from the map link to the right or you can pick one up at their offices in town. Call 775-834-8000 or visit the office at 1155 Corporate Blvd. in Reno.
The diversion dam is run at certain flows. If you are uncertain or lack local information, the safe bet is to portage on the left.
The most challenging rapid on the run. This one is a class III that pushes class IV at higher flows. The river bends around to the right and then back to the left.
This dam can be portaged on the right.
Where the river takes a right hand bend after the Steamboat Canal Diversion Dam.
Rapid just upstream of the powerhouse and railroad bridge.
Fleish Powerhouse returns flow back to the river on river right.
This diversion dam has brackets that are not easily visible from upstream. At certain flows you can bump down the dam in the gaps between brackets. Most just portage on the left.
This gauge is at Farad which is near the start of
this section. Flows are influenced somewhat by the
reservoir input at Boca which tends to extend the
season. At flows above 1200 cfs things get more fun
or more challenging depending on your
Permits are not required for this reach.
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