American River, North Fork - Generation and Giant Gaps (Tadpole to Colfax-Iowa Hill Road)

Tadpole Falls

Rapid Details

Name Tadpole Falls
Class V

This is the main entrance into the gorge that starts Generation Gap.  You have a few options here.  You can run the falls after scouting it.  You can portage this entire mini gorge or you can try to seal launch off the rocks just below the falls and then run the rest of the mini gorge.


Scouting, portaging and safety can all be had on river left bank where the tadpole trail comes into the canyon.

Recommended Flows Minimum: 500.0
Maximum: 2500.0
Length Feet
Elevation 2825.45 Feet
Coordinates Lat - 39.21375269
Long - -120.57530041

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