Yuba River Safety

Practice Responsible River Recreation

It’s always important to practice safety when visiting the river. This means staying up-to-date on river alerts, and knowing flows before you go. You can learn about current river conditions at the following sites:

  • You can use Dreamflows to see how much water is flowing (in cubic feet per second (CFS)).
  • Make sure to check snowmelt conditions. All of the rain and snow we received in the Sierra this winter is now melting, making rivers extremely cold and fast. It’s important to check snowmelt conditions before your visit to predict how cold and fast the river will be.

Remember, river safety is your responsibility.

Important Message About River Safety from SYRCL
Here at SYRCL, we like to encourage river-goers to be safe and practice responsible river recreation, throughout the seasons. Learn more about a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones while at the river. Produced by Jim Pyle and Katrina Schneider. (8/30/2017) (run time: 03:58)

  • LOOK: The river changes. Boulders shift. Debris can obstruct familiar swim ways. Look for obstructions by scouting safe landings and swim routes with a mask.

  • GRIP: Granite is smooth and slick. Wet granite is slippery. Use three points of contact when walking through and across rocks.

  • PROTECT: Moving water is powerful. Limb entrapments may be hidden. Tuck arms and legs toward the mid-line of the body to avoid being trapped under water.