Notes: © 1998 Bill Tuthill,
For logistics and river statistics, see the writeup on
Pauley and Lavezzola Creeks.
This is a description of Lavezzola Creek only.
- Put in on the right just past the first bridge, where a dirt road
descends to shady spot near the river. It is possible to put in
further upstream. The river is class IV from Third Divide, although
there could be strainer hazards.
- Granite Gorge, class IV
A succession of 3 to 6 foot drops for almost half a mile, all normally
runnable unless blocked by logs. Boat or bank scout to be sure.
- Boulder Bar Boof, class IV
The river bends right and drops thru a boulder bar, with a large
rock and hole at the bottom that should be boofed or ski jumped.
- Hazard! Old steel bridge in the river could entrap swimmers
or rip boats, and it closely follows Boulder Bar Boof.
- Double Drop, class IV+
- A two foot drop followed by a five foot drop. There is a swirling
hydraulic with an undercut wall on the far right side. A swim from
the first drop could be bad news.
- Deep Crack, class V(?), Line and Portage Right!
As you can see in the second picture, most of the flow disappears
into a crack and emerges below against the left wall, which is
severely undercut. A swimmer could be trapped underwater in the crack.
Running this drop is possible at higher flows, but then the undercut
looks worse. It's not worth the risk, especially since the line
and portage are very easy. Years ago the crack was blocked by rocks
and this rapid was commonly run.
- Confluence with Downieville Creek, which late in the season carries
less water than Lavezzola because of a lower drainage. Continue
downstream to the Pauley Creek confluence and carry your boats up
a steep embankment to a parking area near the municipal waterworks.
Map of Rivers