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

Nutcracker Rapid

Rapid Details

Name Nutcracker Rapid
Class IV to V-

This rapid gets worse at higher flows.  Follow the drops down between the cliff on the right and the big rock on the left.


Scout and portage on river left.

Recommended Flows Minimum: 500.0
Maximum: 2500.0
Length Feet
Elevation 2194.65 Feet
Coordinates Lat - 39.16732249
Long - -120.80797869

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