Feather - Fish Barrier Dam to Thermalito Return

Feather, California, US


Fish Barrier Dam to Thermalito Return

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 8.2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 5 fpm

Lower Feather River

Lower Feather River
Photo taken 06/15/14

River Description

This is a nice class I -II float that is a great alternative to the Sacramento River. Most of this run feels remote and is very pretty. As an added bonus in the late summer and fall, there are often large numbers of salmon in the river.  The class II riffles give those looking for an introduction to moving water some interesting rapids to navigate with minimal hazards.  It is much lower volume than the Sacramento, typically flows are 600 cfs from the fish hatchery to the outlet of the Thermalito Afterbay. Flows below Thermolito return are usually much higher.  Flow levels do not seem to change the difficulty of the run, but higher flows will decrease your travel time. 

The rivers is fairly wide with a number of Class II riffles from the hatchery until after you pass the RIver Reflections Campground  and boat luanch.   Past this point,  the river braids into several channels.  All rapids are Class II and make this section the highlight of the run.



Other Information Sources:   
Oroville-Thermolito Complex: Wikipedia

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-08-18 06:26:12

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
2.0River Bend ParkN/AAccess
4.0River Reflections CampgroundN/AAccess Photo
5.0Braided SectionN/APhoto

Rapid Descriptions

River Bend Park (Class N/A, Mile 2.0)

A nice boat launch, easier than putting in at the hatchery.

River Reflections Campground (Class N/A, Mile 4.0)

Lower Feather near RIver Reflections CG

Lower Feather near RIver Reflections CG
Photo by Dave Steindorf taken 08/18/14

Nice put-in if you are looking for a shorter trip.  For a fee they will run your shuttle.

Braided Section (Class N/A, Mile 5.0)

Braided Section

Braided Section
Photo by Dave Steindorf taken 06/16/14

Several route options.  The right most channel is generally the most straightforward.

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