Saturday, January 05, 2008

Fall Paddling in California

Running the Poe Dam on the North Feather

Although the reputation of California whitewater has reached a worldwide audience, most people think that after August there is nothing to paddle out here. Oh contrare'. Whitewater flows throughout the fall and winter months in most of northern California. Two fun class III runs flow on the South Fork of the American all winter long. This fall we saw releases on the South Feather (V), North Feather (III-V), and a section of South Silver (IV) below the well known class V section.

A fun boof on a seldom run section of the North Feather

Our "standby" run out here is the South Fork of the American. At normal flows it is similar in difficulty to the Ocoee. Unlike the Ocoee it not roadside but offers more opportunity for air with the price of additional flatwater.

Happy Paddling!

Dan Glauser

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