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Yuba River Ranger District



Downieville Area- The Downieville area is in the Tahoe National Forest in the Downieville Ranger District. The Downieville Area offers camping, hiking, biking, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding as just a few of the activities available in the area.
Indian Valley Area- Indian Valley Recreational Area is located in the south western region of the Downieville Ranger District in the Tahoe National Forest. The Indian Valley Area offers camping, hiking, biking, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding as just a few of the activities available in the area. In this area you can supply yourself at The Indian Valley Outpost.
New Bullards Bar Reservoir- This large, low elevation lake is generally accessible throughout the winter months.
Sierra Buttes Area- The Sierra Buttes area is in the Downieville Forest District of the Tahoe National Forest. The Sierra Buttes Area offers camping, hiking, biking, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding as just a few of the activities available in the area.

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Description - The Yuba River Ranger District is a large portion of The Tahoe National Forest which until 2003 was two separate ranger districts, The Nevada City Ranger District and The Downieville Ranger District. This district encompasses the I-80 corridor, Highway 20, Bowman/Grouse and Cisco Grove areas.

Attractions - The Yuba River Ranger District offers 25 campgrounds, 12 day use areas and 35 trails. New Bullards Bar Reservoir lies at the west end of the District and offers camping, fishing and hiking. The Sand Pond area also offers many outdoor activities. The Highway #49 Scenic Drive offers opportunities for viewing the scenery and history of the region. The Pacific Crest Trail cuts through the eastern end of the District. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are available on the Loch Leven Lakes Trail as well as many others. Fishing is available in over 16 lakes including Salmon, Fuller and Rucker Lakes. A portion of the Yuba Donner National Scenic Byway leads through the District.

Recreation - The Downieville Area offers camping, hiking, biking, fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding as just a few of the activities available in the area.

Climate - The Tahoe generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snow pack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - The Yuba River Ranger District encompasses the central and northwestern portion of the Tahoe National Forest, around the I-80 corridor, highway 20, Bowman/Grouse and Cisco Grove.


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Tahoe National Forest - The Tahoe National Forest straddles the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern California, and encompasses a vast territory from the foothills on the western slope to the high peaks of the Sierra crest.

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