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Higher flows on part of the North Fork Feather River this weekend

Higher flows on part of the North Fork Feather River this weekend

QUINCY, California. – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is urging the public to take extra safety precautions as flows will be higher on a section of the North Fork Feather River for whitewater recreation the weekend of June 29-30. During the higher flows, this section of the river will contain Class III, IV and V rapids, which are suitable for experienced paddlers only and not for tubing. The Rock Creek Reach is the 13.3-mile section 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. On Saturday, June 29, flows will be increased to 1,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) at 9 a.m. before beginning to decrease to 900 cfs at 3 p.m. On Sunday, June 30, flows will be 900 cfs until 2 p.m., after which they will gradually be reduced to the seasonal normal of approximately 400 cfs. Additional recreational flows are scheduled for the weekends of July 27-28, August 24-25, and September 28-29. The recreational flows are operated in partnership with the U.S. Whitewater Organization and the Rock Creek-Cresta Ecological Resource Committee and typically occur four weekends per year in June, July, August, and September. PG&E offers the following water safety tips:

  • Stay out of cold water. Sudden immersion in cold water can stimulate the “gasp reflex,” causing an involuntary inhalation of air or water. It can even cause cardiac arrest, temporary paralysis, hypothermia, and drowning. When faced with fast-moving water, even the best swimmers can easily become overwhelmed.
  • Many invisible obstacles may lurk beneath the surface of the water. Fast water can make these obstacles even more treacherous. Guided trips for inexperienced paddlers are highly recommended.
  • Recreation in PG&E ducts and gutters is strictly prohibited. Stay away from canals and gutters, which are very dangerous due to slippery sides, underground obstacles, fast-moving water and transitions to congested tunnels and pipelines. For more water safety tips, visit: www.pge.com/hydrosafety