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Difficulty V
Length 15.5 Miles
Gauge Mi. Yuba Below Milton Dam
Flow Range CFS
Flow Rate as of: 3 hours ago 4 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 06/16/2010 5:35 pm

River Description

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 numerous 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.


Other information Sources:
2008 trip report on

Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

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North and Middle Yuba River Basins.pdf; Schematic of rivers, reservoirs, diversions, powerhouses and gauges.

Jackson Meadows Reservoir collects the headwaters run off and evens out the flow down the river to Milton Reservoir.   The Milton Bowman tunnel takes the water to Bowman Lake on Canyon Creek and eventually into the SF Yuba hydroelectric system.  Flows in the river below Milton are seldom higher than 5 cfs.   Only if Jackson Spills flows higher than the tunnel can accept, will some water flow into the natural river bed. 

Historical gauge data is available for:  
Milton Bowman Tunnel - USGS 11408000  Diversions can be as high as 490 cfs.
MF Yuba below Milton Dam - USGS 11408550 
Jackson Meadows Storage  66,700 acre/feet of storage.

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Paul Martzen


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1196555 11/19/09 Rob Add (rough) Ave.Gradient, sequencing prefix (A) on section name, cleanup html artifacts in description, add abstract
1197828 06/16/10 Paul Martzen added historical flow links
1194957 05/15/09 Paul Martzen n/a