Indian Creek into the North Feather


Stretch: Indian Falls to Spanish Creek
Difficulty: Class IV with waterfall photo-op, harder at higher flows
Distance: 4 miles, 1 short day
Flows: rafts and kayaks 800 - 1500 cfs, IK minimum 400
Gauge: flow information not available
Gradient: 65 fpm average, steeper at beginning
Put-in: below Indian Falls, 3140'
Take-out: near Spanish Creek confluence, 2880'
Shuttle: 4 miles (10 minutes) one-way
Maps: USFS Plumas NF, AAA Feather and Yuba Region
Season: spring, from snowmelt
Agency: USFS, private
Photo: © 1999 Andy Hertz, Riparian Photo

This Indian Creek (near Quincy in Plumas County) could be called the North Tine of the East Branch of the North Fork Feather. The run recommended here, from Indian Falls to Paxton, is quite short, and could be combined with a 10 mile section downstream on the East Branch of the North Fork Feather, from Virgilia to Belden.

Above Indian Falls are 1.5 miles of very steep and dangerous rapids, especially at high water, leading directly into the falls itself. Indian Falls, which is class V-VI at high water, looks somewhat runnable at low flows. Below Indian Falls, there are several good class IV drops. The gradient slackens for a while, then increases before the confluence with Spanish Creek.

Indian Creek Falls Feather River CA

Indian Falls, a river-wide bedrock ledge drop

To reach take-out, drive northeast from Oroville on highway 70 up the North Feather canyon. The take-out is near the confluence with Spanish Creek, below the town of Paxton, where highway 89 intersects highway 70.

To reach put-in from there, drive upstream on highwy 89 to the town of Indian Falls. The put-in is just below Indian Falls. Where the creek bends away from the road, look for a dirt road leading down the water. If the gate on that dirt road is locked, the walk downhill is not long.


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