This is known as the Wilderness Run. It is called this
because unlike lower sections of Cache Creek, this section is completely roadless,
and is uninhabited. be aware that once you go in, you have to go all the way
to the Bear Creek confluence before you see civilization again. For most of
us, this is the appeal of the float. You will see gorgeous scenery, maybe spot
a few bald eagles, see some bear tracks on sandbars, waterfalls, and some fun
rapids. If you are watchful, you can find some good spots to pick blackberries
along the way.
The run is Class 2, with the only Class 3 being the Mad-Mike rapid near the
Bear Creek confluence. Be on the lookout for strainers and sweepers, and the
odd rock formations that can force you into the banks. This is not a terribly
hard float, but is definitely not for people who think they can do it in an
inner tube. Have either and inflatable or hardshell kayak, and know what you
are doing with it. People do have to be rescued from this area occasionally.
Of course, it is because they go unprepared. One group of hunters tried to go
down in a flat-bottomed aluminum boat and it capsized, losing all their gear,
and forcing them to be pulled out. I don't want to scare you away, but be aware
it is a wild area. It takes about 6 to 9 hours to float from Highway 20 to the Bear
Creek confluence, including stops at the waterfalls, and a stop for lunch.
The total river distance is 19 miles. Optimum flows during summer water releases are 550cfs and above. Yolo Flood provides the realtime reservoir releases below: