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Difficulty IV-V
Length 6.5 Miles
Gauge BUTTE C NR CHICO CA
Flow Range 100 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 16 minutes ago 279 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 04/24/2018 8:15 pm

River Description


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

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lakota509
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8 years ago

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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CA State Water Board Orders More Water For Butte Creek

8/18/2016
Dave Steindorf

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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1209291 04/24/18 Thomas O'Keefe Reach Description edit