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.

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The Club
LPP Hosted Races
Paddling Links

Loma Prieta Paddlers

Safety Management Plan
North Fork American River,
Shirttail Run (Yankee Jim Road to Ponderosa Way)

Emergency phone contact

In case of an emergency, call 911.

Closest hospital

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital
11815 Education Street, Auburn
Phone: 530-888-4500

Take Interstate 80 Westbound to Bell Road exit in Auburn.
Turn right on Bell Road and proceed until reaching Highway 49.
Turn right on Highway 49 to Education Street (one block).
Turn left on Education Street and the hospital parking lot is the second entrance on the right.

Ranger station

Auburn State Recreation Area, Ranger Station
Address - El Dorado Street at Old Foresthill Road, Auburn
Phone: 530-885-4527
Hours - vary according to season

U.S. Forest Service Tahoe National Forest
22830 Foresthill Road, Foresthill
Phone: 530-367-2224
Hours - vary according to season


Weimar - Grocery store at Highway 80 and Weimar Cross Road, or
Colfax - Gas Station at Highway and Iowa Hill Road.

Evacuation routes

  • Once you put on the river at Yankee Jim Road, there is no good place to exit the canyon until the take out at Ponderosa Way.
  • For the first 1/2-mile of the trip, you can possibly exit by working your way back up stream to the put-in.
  • For the next two miles you can possible exit by climbing out of the canyon on river right and making contact with one of the various informal trails.
  • Up until you get to Sore Finger point about 2 1/2 miles into the trip, you might also be able to get help from one of the land owners of property scattered on river right.
  • After Sore Finger Point, there is no way to exit until you get to the take-out at Ponderosa Way.