Yuba, Middle Fork - B) Plumbago Crossing to Our House Reservoir

Yuba, Middle Fork, California, US


B) Plumbago Crossing to Our House Reservoir (Plumbago)

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 13.9 Miles
Avg. Gradient 71 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Mi. Yuba Above Our House Dam
dream-062 500 - 2000 cfs IV-V 17h24m 796 cfs (running)
Mi. Yuba Below Milton Dam
dream-537 400 - 1000 cfs IV-V 00h39m 4 cfs (too low)

River Description

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Access from the south is down a steep, marginal road. Access from the north, through Alleghany, is long, but a better road, as long as it is dry.


Pete Arpin reports:

"I highly recommend paddling the extra couple of class 3/4 miles from Foot
Crossing bridge to Our House Res. The Foote Rd south of the river hugs the
cliff on a Chinese built retaining wall. It is the perfect location for a
3rd world bus plunge or a Foggy Mt Breakdown. The road to the north is OK
but Loooong.

My memory is foggy, but I think dragging a boat down to the put in from the
south, IF the road was impassible, would not be too difficult. Accessing the
put in from the north is verrry looong.

My notes say class 4+ with a couple of 5- @ 566 cfs. They also say I did 3
portages. The 1st was short and at river level. The 2nd is long and partly
in the river. The main obstacle was a huge log and maybe a sticky hole. I
think its described in S&H. I can't recall the 3rd portage. It may have
been a short thing at the end of the 2nd. My foggy recollection recalls a
river similar in character to the hardest portion of the NF Cal Salmon, @ 800
CFS, which I just paddled.

Although very isolated, there are many active and abandoned mining sites.
This means there are many emergency egresses from the canyon..."


Other information Sources:

NID's Public Relicensing Website


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-06-16 17:44:15


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