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

Locomotive Rapid

Rapid Details

Name Locomotive Rapid
Class IV+ to V

A large rock protrusion on river right signifies the narrow locomotive drop.  There is a sleeper or lurking rock in the main drop.  You have to decide if you want to run right or left of the rock.


This is a tough area to scout and portage because of the cliffed river channel.

Recommended Flows Minimum: 500.0
Maximum: 2500.0
Length Feet
Elevation 2194.65 Feet
Coordinates Lat - 39.16344094
Long - -120.81642228

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