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Difficulty V
Length 11 Miles
Gauge Canyon Creek Below Bowman Lake
Flow Range 200 - 450 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 24 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/18/2011 5:43 pm

River Description

It appears that the majority of the distance from Bowman Lake to the S. Yuba confluence is not paddled.   Perhaps because it is overly steep and congested?

Put in: 
The section that is commonly paddled is the last 1.8 miles from Artic Mine Road to the S Yuba confluence.   Artic Mine Road is gated a short ways in, and washed out somewhere past that.   Boaters can drop equipment at the gate and park a short ways back.  The hike is said to take about one hour to reach the river.   The paddling is said to be very high quality so well worth a hike.   From the take out bridge continue driving upstream for about 1/2 mile, then turn left up the Artic Mine Road, which may not be marked.

Take Out: 
Maybert Road bridge crosses Canyon Creek at the confluence, but you may have to look around for areas to park.   There appears to be a low head dam just downstream of the bridge.

Getting There: 
From Nevada City take highway 20 about 13 miles to Washington road.  Turn north to Washington, then follow Maybert Road upstream along the SF Yuba to Canyon Creek.  Expect about a 45 minute drive.  Other routes are available from the east and north.


American Whitewater is seeking information about this reach.  If you have paddled this reach or are otherwise familiar with it, please leave comments and contact a streamteam member so your information can be included on this page. 

American Whitewater is partnering with Nevada Irrigation District (NID) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to identify a preferred range of whitewater boating flows on this reach and on numerous other reaches in the Yuba and Bear watersheds. Information obtained from surveys completed by boaters will help us identify flow preferences for whitewater boating. Flow preferences determined from boater surveys will be used to evaluate possible effects on whitewater boating from Project operation and help define flow needs.

Boater input is very important to this process. Please help us, yourself, and your friends by filling out a survey if you paddle this reach.

Click here to fill out survey.



Canyon Creek, Arctic Mine from Daniel Brasuell on Vimeo.


Other Information Sources:  Canyon Creek, Arctic Mine, Class IV+ to V- 
YubaShed: watershed information website.

FERC information:

Nevada Irrigation District - Project Website

The FERC project number is P-2266 and information about the present license can be found at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission website.

The initial FERC license for the Project expires April 30, 2013. NID intends to apply to FERC for a new license (Relicensing) using FERC's Integrated Licensing Process (ILP). NID intends to file with FERC a notice of intent to apply for a new license and a Pre-application Document (PAD) after November 1, 2007 but no later than April 30, 2008. NID plans to file an application for new license by April 30, 2011.

Rapid Descriptions

Artic Mine Road

Class - N/A Mile - 9.2
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Artic Mine Road seems to be the put in that is actually used for this run, giving 1.8 miles of excellent whitewater.  The road is gated a short ways in and washed out a ways past that, so boaters must hike on the road for an hour to get to the river.  People who have done the run, think it is well worth a hike.  

The road and land are private property, but boaters are allowed to hike to the river.


Gage Descriptions

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Historical data for this reach is available at USGS gauge #11416500

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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Yuba Basin Boating Flows! (CA)

Bob Center

South Yuba and Canyon Creek Update 6/03/2010


South Yuba:  at JBR is running about 1500.  In the next couple of days it is more likely to go up, say by 200-300, than to drop.

Middle Yuba: above Our House Dam (Plumbago)  740 cfs  6 am June 3
After running these rivers, fill out the boater survey to help establish future flows in South Yuba and in Canyon Creek..  

The survey is at:

Next update 06/04/2010


Paul Martzen


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1196317 10/18/09 Paul Martzen
1196330 10/19/09 Paul Martzen changed class to Unknown and estimated distance at 11 miles
1197647 05/13/10 Paul Martzen embedded Vimeo Video
1200134 05/18/11 Paul Martzen Added Artic Mine put in and hike description
1194956 05/15/09 Paul Martzen n/a