Yuba, N. Fork - C) Goodyears Bar Bridge to Hwy 49 Bridge

Yuba, N. Fork, California, US


C) Goodyears Bar Bridge to Hwy 49 Bridge

Usual Difficulty IV (for normal flows)
Length 8.5 Miles


Photo taken 05/29/05

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-11413000 800 - 5000 cfs IV 00h32m 128 cfs (too low)

River Description

This wonderful section of clear California whitewater is popular with commercial rafters, private rafters and kayakers.
Gorgeous oak trees lining the shores of the North Fork Yuba river combine with melting snow from the high mountain passes to make granite pool drop rapids.
Putting in at Goodyears Bar necessitates a slow drive over the bridge and down the road to the putin. Be courteous and conscientious at the Putin here in Goodyears Bar please.

There are many great rapids in this section. 
Maytag gets everyones attention. Scout from river left, head's up for Son of Maytag.

Wild and Free may the North Yuba River always be!

Other Information Sources:

California Whitewater by Jim Cassady & Fryar Calhoun - ISBN-10: 0961365021

Best Whitewater in California by Lars Holbek - ISBN-10: 0966528905

Yuba North Fork near Goodyear Bar cacreeks.com


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-11-10 15:11:34


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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April 18 2014 (1700 days ago)
Paul MartzenDetails
April 2014, Warning A large nearly river wide log is wedged in the bottom of the main drop at
Maytag Rapid.
May 10 2001 (6425 days ago)
Matt MuirDetails
Posted to Boater Talk, 5/9/2001, by John Lester: From the Gold Country Paddlers Listserver. On
Monday May 7, a GCP kayaker was trapped and killed on a hidden log strainer in a relatively benign
Class III rapid on the Union Flat section of the North Fork of the Yuba. The rapid is located
approximately 1.5 miles down river from the Union Flat Campground. For reference, the rapid is
located and can be scouted by hiking down from the Apple Orchard at the 20.9 mile marker on Hwy 49.
From the river, the location has been marked on river right with a red plastic construction ribbon
tied into a tree approximately 10 to 15 yards above the hazard in a dead tree snag that is about 6
feet above the water level. The strainer may not be visible as the water is rising from our run on
Monday. The strainer is approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of the way into the rapid, in the center of the
rapid. Out of our group of 5, I was the only one to notice a sharp pointed object (what I thought
to be a rock, but upon recovery of the body turned out to be a tree). It is hard to spot, at our
flow it was about six inches out of the water in a wave train section down the middle of the run.
As of today, the hazard is at water level, with a small rooster tail. The rapid is entered as a
right turn with a large rock island on river left with lots of dead trees and is about 50 yards
long. This rapid looks like any number of similar rapids above and below this section on the NF of
the Yuba. Please be careful and be aware there is a potential death trap waiting to claim another
unsuspecting paddler. We are preparing a detailed reported of the accident and will post it upon
completion. Please pass this along to any and all paddling buddies and groups to prevent any
additional tragedies. John Jerger & Craig Eneboe

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