North Fork Feather River
The North Fork Feather River is a primary tributary of the Feather River and runs through the northern Sierra Nevada. It flows generally southwards from its headwaters near Lassen Peak to Lake Oroville before merging with the South Fork and Middle Fork into the Feather River.
With a steady dose of dam-released water from Lake Almanor, this section of river holds some of the best year-round whitewater in the state.
Recreation high-water flows are generally held four weekends a year in June, July, August, and September along the Rock Creek Reach (check for the latest updates for the annual flow dates). During these periods, in which water flows are increased to 700-800 cubic feet per second (cfs) (normal range for the season is 150 cfs), the part of the North Fork contains Class III, IV, and V rapids.
The Rock Creek Reach is the 8.3-mile portion of the North Fork of the Feather River in the Plumas National Forest between PG&E’s Rock Creek dam and the Rock Creek powerhouse near Storrie.
Access to the upper portion of the North Fork is accessible via Highway 70.
Fishing is also available at several spots along the river. From below Lake Almanor downstream to Belden Bridge, enjoy a no-restriction, five-fish limit from the last Saturday in April through the middle of November. The section from Cresta Powerhouse downstream to Lake Oroville is open year-round without restrictions.