This North Fork Yuba River Maytag & Bullards Bar 2 day raft trip combines 2 great Class 4 runs. Camping is at our exclusive, private campsite area near Indian Valley campground, nestled among the pines and firs of the Tahoe National Forest. This is a good choice for early season groups looking for a secluded and unique place to bond with challenging whitewater.
We meet at the camp on the first day for the “Bullards Bar” run on the North Fork Yuba River. This is a beautiful wilderness section of river, providing exceptional Class 4 whitewater. Access to this run requires a motor tow across the length of Bullards Bar Reservoir, or an interesting 4×4 take-out on a little used road. Due to these difficulties, this section is seen by few boaters and is not detailed in any guide books. However, it is well worth taking the time for a great combination of whitewater and wilderness.
We arrive back into camp after a long day (and pretty long shuttle). You can set up your camp, fish, hike or simply relax around the camp fire. The guides will serve delicious appetizers and prepare an awesome dinner.
In the morning, you will awake to the sound of the river and the aroma of coffee brewing. Your amazing, multi-talented river guides will serve breakfast and you will usually depart from camp around 9:45 am.
We travel a short distance to Goodyears Bar for the put-in for the “Maytag” run. You don’t have to wait long for Class 4 action. Less than 2 miles down is “Ramshorn” rapid and numerous Class 3 boulder gardens before the double Class 4 drops of “Two Pair”. We will stop for a welcome lunch break along the way. Six miles into the trip is the highlight – the Class 5 “Maytag”. We always stop above this rapid and scout it, so all clients have the option of walking around. The Class 4 “Son of Maytag” falls follows quickly, with more Class 3 action before the take-out. There is a short hike from the river back to camp where refreshments await you.
Tributary Whitewater Tours operates under permit from the Tahoe National Forest Yuba River Ranger District and is an equal opportunity service provider.