North Fork Yuba River – “Maytag Run” 1 day raft trip


Our guides favorite spring trip!

Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced

Rating: Class 4-4+

Minimum Age: 13 years (normal flows)

Length: 9 miles

Time: 9:30am – 3:30/4:00pm

Price: Starting at $139 [ VIEW PRICES ]

Lunch included. Strong swimming skills required especially during higher flows. Wetsuits and camping available nearby. Season varies depending on snow pack.


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Class 5 Maytag Rapid on the North Yuba River

The North Fork Yuba River Maytag run can be suitable for the active and adventurous first-timer when flows are not too high. It also provides an ideal step-up for the Class 3 paddler or for a first-time Class 4 run. The “Maytag” run is the most often run section of the river and a great Class 4 spring run, with limited outfitters to crowd the river!

We meet at our Tributary camp off scenic Highway 49 near Indian Valley Campground, and then shuttle up Hwy 49 to the Goodyears Bar put-in.

There is an introductory 2 miles of Class 2-3 rapids, followed by Class 3 and 4 action including “Ramshorn” and the double drops of “Two Pair”. We will stop for lunch along the way. Six miles into the trip is the highlight – the Class 5 “Maytag”. We 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 to the take-out. There is a short hike from the river back to camp where refreshments await you. Typically clients help carry boats and equipment at the end of the trip.

Wetsuits are usually required on our Yuba River Rafting trips. You are welcome to bring your own or rent from us. 

Tributary Whitewater Tours operates under permit from the Tahoe National Forest Yuba River Ranger District and is an equal opportunity service provider.