South Yuba River

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Not to be confused with South Yuba River State Park.
South Yuba River
South Fork
Yuba River, South Fork, N. Bloomfiled Rd.jpg
View of South Yuba from N Bloomfield Road Nevada City, CA
Country United States
State California
Region Upper Yuba Watershed
Source Lake Angela dam[1]
 - location Tahoe National Forest
Mouth Englebright Lake
 - location Yuba River
Length 65 mi (105 km), east-west
Basin 340 sq mi (881 km2)
Discharge for near Jones Bar
 - average 454 cu ft/s (13 m3/s)
 - max 53,600 cu ft/s (1,518 m3/s)
 - min 1 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
Namesakes: South Yuba River State Park
South Yuba River Citizens League[2]

The South Yuba River is a 65.0-mile-long (104.6 km)[3] left-entering tributary of the Yuba River in the Sierra Nevada (U.S.) that repeatedly crosses Interstate 80 in California.

South Yuba River course
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description coordinates
source, Lake Angela dam 39°19′20″N 120°19′37″W / 39.3221273°N 120.3268679°W / 39.3221273; -120.3268679[1]
road, I-80 WB
dam, Lake Van Norden
road, I-80 EB
confluence, Lower Castle Creek
road, I-80 WB
road, Hampshire Rocks
road, I-80 EB
confluence, Rattlesnake Creek
road, I-80 WB
dam, Lake Spaulding
confluence, Jordan Creek
confluence, Rucker Creek
confluence, Clear Creek
confluence, Diamond Creek
confluence, Scotchman Creek
road, Washington
confluence, Poorman Creek
confluence, Roscoe Creek
confluence, Humbug Creek
border, Tahoe National Forest 39.337451,-120.908704
border, Malakoff Diggins SHP 39.337384,-120.90909
road, N Bloomfield
border, Malakoff Diggins SHP
border, South Yuba River SP[4]
confluence, Spring Creek
road, Purdon 39.327791,-121.046505
confluence, Rock Creek 39.311988,-121.049595
former diversion, Excelsior Ditch 39.308136,-121.069937
road, CA 49 (bridge image)
confluence, Rush Creek
confluence, Owl Creek
confluence, French Corral Creek
road, Pleasant Valley 39°17′34″N 121°11′37″W / 39.29286°N 121.193576°W / 39.29286; -121.193576
border, South Yuba River SP[4]
road, Bridgeport Covered Bridge
39°17′34″N 121°11′42″W / 39.292739°N 121.194906°W / 39.292739; -121.194906
mouth, Englebright Lake


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: South Yuba River (GNIS 267540) NOTE: The GNIS mouth coordinates plot at the Lake Angela dam
  2. ^ "Motion to Intervene" (pdf). Friends of the River, Sierra Club, & South Yuba River Citizens League. October 17, 2005. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 10, 2011
  4. ^ a b "South Yuba River SP". California State Parks. Retrieved 2010-09-30.