Loma Prieta Paddlers (LPP) is a whitewater kayaking club, based in the South Bay and beyond. If you are new to kayaking, new to the area or are just looking for a group of fellow paddlers; check us out.
LPP Hosted Races
North Fork American Shirttail Canyon
The North Fork is un-dammed as it flows crystal clear and cold out of the Sierras which means you'll need to catch it during the spring snow melt. We normally run it as a class II+ run, but since it is un-dammed it's flow varies wildly with the weather, snow pack and the snow melt. Always check the flow information before heading to the river so you aren't surprised by more or less water than you expected. In case you were wondering, Shirttail is the name of the creek that comes into the North Fork just upstream of the Yankee Jim bridge at the put-in.
Alternate Longer Run
You add another 4.5
miles of class II water to your paddle by continuing on past Ponderosa
Bridge down to the Upper Clemetine take-out which is just at the
beginning of the reservoir. This take-out is usually only open AFTER April 15th. At 3500 cfs it took us about 1.5
hours to float through this contantly moving section. At
lower flows it could definitely take longer. There were some
nice surf waves, good beaches for camping or taking a break and no
signs of people along the entire stretch.