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Historic American Buildings Survey Roger Sturtevant, Photographer Mar. 29, 1934 GENERAL VIEW FROM WEST - Downieville, General View, Downieville, Sierra County, CA HABS CAL,46-DOWNV,1-2.tif
The North Yuba at Downieville, c. 1934
Map of the Yuba River watershed, including the North Yuba River
Country United States
State California
Physical characteristics
Main source Yuba Pass
Near State Route 49, Sierra Nevada
7,018 ft (2,139 m)
River mouth Yuba River
West of North San Juan, Yuba County
1,129 ft (344 m)
Length 61 mi (98 km)
  • Location:
    above New Bullards Bar Reservoir
  • Minimum rate:
    78 cu ft/s (2.2 m3/s)
  • Average rate:
    1,248 cu ft/s (35.3 m3/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    63,400 cu ft/s (1,800 m3/s)
Basin features
Basin size 489 sq mi (1,270 km2)

The North Yuba River (also called the North Fork Yuba River) is the main tributary of the Yuba River in northern California in the United States. The river is about 61 miles (98 km) long and drains from the Sierra Nevada westwards towards the foothills between the mountains and the Sacramento Valley.

It rises on the Sierra Crest about 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Sierraville. The river flows west through meadows, then south into a gorge, turning west again, followed by California State Route 49. The river's four major tributaries, the Downie River, Goodyears Creek, Canyon Creek and Slate Creek, enter from the right before the river abruptly turns south at the New Bullards Bar Reservoir, formed by the New Bullards Bar Dam. The dam is situated right above the river's mouth; just after the North Yuba leaves the dam it empties into the Middle Yuba River and forms the Yuba River.

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