Butte Creek - 1) Upper Butte Creek (Centerville Head Dam to Centerville Powerhouse)

Butte Creek, California, US


1) Upper Butte Creek (Centerville Head Dam to Centerville Powerhouse)

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 6.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 95 fpm
Max Gradient 190 fpm

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock
Photo of Sean Corbett by Scott Yoder taken 03/11/07

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-11390000 100 - 1000 cfs IV-V 00h26m 890 cfs (running)
Range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters by adding a comment or report.

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

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-04-24 20:15:18

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 17 2011 (2739 days 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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