Flowing during the spring, Upper Butte is a classic backyard creek for Chico residents, and paddlers passing through should take the chance to kayak this fun creek.
After a two mile downhill hike in, Upper Butte Creek flows through a volcanic canyon and generally has 2-3 portages.
Holbek & Stanley "The Best Whitewater in California"
Other Information Sources:
Darin McQuoid's Jefferson State Creeking
Jonathon Blum's Blog report
ran 4-9pm 14 june 2011 first time
760-840 cfs on gauge
group thinks this just a little higher than optimal but totally doable
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Undercut that is normally portaged
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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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