Class II-III East Fork Carson River, CA/NV

Hangman's Bridge to Markleeville (Hangman's Bridge to Eroded Diversion Dam)

The East Fork Carson is a popular and scenic class 2 stretch, but it is more difficult than the rating indicates. The water is very cold, which can cause swims to lead to hypothermia. While the rapids are not difficult, they are non-stop in the early miles. The current constantly pushes towards one bank or the other and those banks are undercut cliffs in many areas. Constant manuvering is required to stay in the center of the channel.

People often take two days and camp at hot springs, but one day runs are also feasible. The run is popular for boaters with whitewater open canoes with float bags. (Nevada Department of Conservation & Natural Resources)

Section Details

Trip Length Full Day, 19.7 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Permit No
Manager Bureau of Land Management, Carson District Office
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater