Visit the South Yuba River

The South Yuba River is the  gem of Nevada County, California. This California Wild & Scenic River drops a dramatic 4,000 feet in elevation over a distance of 40 miles, creating hundreds of stunning waterfalls intermixed with placid emerald pools.  The South Yuba Citizens League has worked since 1983 to preserve and protect this important river.
The South Yuba River is part of the larger Yuba River Watershed, which is home to the Middle Yuba and North Yuba, and drains more than 1,500 square miles of Sierra Nevada foothills, much of which is located within Tahoe National Forest. This beautiful landscape offers hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
As you plan your trip to the river, check out these important tips and resources for a safe and fun river experience with your family and friends.

Where should I go on the Yuba?

California State Parks hosts two of the most beautiful locations on the Yuba River at the South Yuba River State Park: Highway 49 Crossing and Bridgeport Crossing. Both have stunning views and options for swimming. 

You can  be a good steward to the river and the river community during your visit by parking responsibly, packing out what you pack in, picking up after your pet, not starting fires, and leaving glass of any kind at home.

What should I know before I go?

The South Yuba River is a tranquil place and it is also remote. This means you need to prepare for both limited cell service and limited facilities and have a plan for emergencies.

What is proper etiquette for the Yuba River?

The South Yuba River sees over 800,000 visitors a year. This means we all need to do our part to keep the river clean.  When at the river, we ask that you:

Pack out what you pack in and recycle.

Pick up after your pets.

Please no fires, it only takes a spark.

Obey all parking signs.

Prevent injuries, leave glass at home.

Use reef-safe sunscreen.

What else is there to do around the Yuba Watershed?

The South Yuba River watershed features dozens of trails, creeks, meadows, and rivers to explore. This area also has a deep history and is home to Indigenous peoples. Learn more below.
Dozens of trails are available to explore via hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
Whether you are a first time camper or a seasoned backpacker, the Yuba River watershed offers options for a wide variety of camping styles. Remember while camping that NO FIRES are allowed in the South Yuba River canyon; it only takes a spark to put our entire community at risk. Note: camping is only allowed in designated areas.
The Indigenous people who call this area home were greatly impacted by the California Gold Rush. So too was the land and the river. Learn more about the history of the Yuba watershed below as well as what SYRCL is doing to restore it.
This river community is buzzing with events and activities that happen throughout the year. Visit these community calendars to learn more.

Where else can I visit near the Yuba?

The South Yuba River has become increasingly popular in recent years. The river crossings reach visitor capacity when the parking lots are full. If you find yourself without a place to park, try exploring somewhere new. 

The Yuba River watershed has a lot to offer. Below are just a few recommendations.

Love the Yuba?

You can get involved in our efforts to protect and restore the Yuba by volunteering with us, donating, or becoming a member.

Not seeing what you’re looking for here? Check out our frequently asked questions page.