This is a great beginner run that has served as the training ground for Chico area paddlers for many years. The creek has also been a restoration success story for salmon. With the removal of four irrigation dams the creek now provides 25 miles of restored salmon habitat.
The run provides nearly continuous class II action but with plenty of recovery time between drops. The channel shifts from year to year which also means you should be prepared for the occassional wood hazard. For first-timers who want to avoid the toughest drop on the run you can put in at the concrete bridge that crosses the river a short distance downstream of the PG&E Powerhouse. AW has been working with PG&E to provide continued access at the powerhouse.
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The California State Water Resources Control Board has ordered the decommissioning of the Centerville Powerhouse on Butte Creek to protect spring run salmon. This is part of a relicensing agreement that American Whitewater has been working on since 2003. As a result, Butte Creek, located in Northern California will be receiving more water.
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