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Difficulty III
Length 9.8 Miles
Flow Range 450 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 16 minutes ago 2090 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/14/2018 9:32 pm

River Description

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.

Additional Information

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.

Additional Sections

  1. Alpine Meadows Road to Floriston (27 miles)
  2. Floriston (or Farad) to Verdi, NV (9.8 miles)
  3. Verdi to Mayberry Park (8 miles)
  4. Mayberry Park to Cottonwood Park (10 miles) see also Reno Whitewater Park at Wingfield
  5. Cottonwood Park to Pyramid Lake

Rapid Descriptions


Summary of Gauge Readings

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 perspective.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
AW Gauge Info
2090 cfs 00h16m n/a

Directions Description

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