North Yuba River

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North Yuba River
Historic American Buildings Survey Roger Sturtevant, Photographer Mar. 29, 1934 GENERAL VIEW FROM WEST - Downieville, General View, Downieville, Sierra County, CA HABS CAL,46-DOWNV,1-2.tif
The North Yuba at Downieville, c. 1934
Map of the Yuba River watershed, including the North Yuba River
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
SourceYuba Pass
 - locationNear State Route 49, Sierra Nevada
 - coordinates39°37′03″N 120°29′53″W / 39.61750°N 120.49806°W / 39.61750; -120.49806
 - elevation7,018 ft (2,139 m)
MouthYuba River
 - location
West of North San Juan, Yuba County
 - coordinates
39°22′07″N 121°08′11″W / 39.36861°N 121.13639°W / 39.36861; -121.13639Coordinates: 39°22′07″N 121°08′11″W / 39.36861°N 121.13639°W / 39.36861; -121.13639
 - elevation
1,129 ft (344 m)
Length61 mi (98 km)
Basin size489 sq mi (1,270 km2)
 - locationabove New Bullards Bar Reservoir[1]
 - average1,248 cu ft/s (35.3 m3/s)[2]
 - minimum78 cu ft/s (2.2 m3/s)
 - maximum63,400 cu ft/s (1,800 m3/s)[3]

The North Yuba River (also called the North Fork Yuba River) is the main tributary of the Yuba River in northern California in the United States. The river is about 61 miles (98 km) long[4] and drains from the Sierra Nevada westwards towards the foothills between the mountains and the Sacramento Valley.

It rises on the Sierra Crest about 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Sierraville. The river flows west through meadows, then south into a gorge, turning west again, followed by California State Route 49. The river's four major tributaries, the Downie River, Goodyears Creek, Canyon Creek and Slate Creek, enter from the right before the river abruptly turns south at the New Bullards Bar Reservoir, formed by the New Bullards Bar Dam. The dam is situated right above the river's mouth; just after the North Yuba leaves the dam it empties into the Middle Yuba River and forms the Yuba River.


  1. ^ USGS monthly discharge data, accessed 2015-01-23
  2. ^ USGS monthly discharge data, accessed 2015-01-23
  3. ^ USGS annual peak-discharge data, accessed 2015-01-23
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 10, 2011

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