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Difficulty II
Length 20 Miles
Flow Range 400 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 22 minutes ago 31.7 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/15/2005 12:32 am

River Description

To reach put-in, drive south on highway 89/4 to Markleeville, and continue about a mile past town to Hangman's Bridge, where there is an outhouse. You can find better put-in spots upstream between the highway and river. Even on Friday nights, campsites are often available at a USFS campground down a dirt road before the bridge. Shuttles are readily available by inquiring at stores in Markleeville.

To reach take-out, drive north to highway 88, turn right, and descend into Nevada. You can take a shortcut by turning right on Centerville Lane, and left across a bridge before Dresslerville, although going all the way to Minden and turning right on highway 395 thru Gardnerville works too. On 395 just past the Lahonton Fish Hatchery, turn right onto a dirt road where the highway starts climbing a hill. The BLM parking lot is uphill at the end of the dirt road.

In years past, good shuttle service has been available near Markleeville. Paul and Gloria Washam operate one long-time company, Family Shuttle Service at 530-694-2966. The Markleeville General Store recommends River Rat Shuttle Service at 530-694-2448

Rapid Descriptions


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Exciting river adventures, geared for every skill level, are part of Nevada's mystique and allure and make the Silver State a virtual wonderland for whitewater rafting. The East Fork Carson River in Northern Nevada offers a 30-mile stretch, suitable for intermediate to advanced rafters. Gentle rapids, dramatic rock formations and irresistible hot springs in the Wilderness Class II section make the 20-mile east fork of the Carson River a high-desert trip the whole family will relish. But, check water flows with the U.S. Forest Service before attempting it on your own

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