Pauley Creek near Downieville
These two creeks, both tributaries of Downieville Creek (called a river on most maps) have nearly identical flows, and are separated by a narrow ridge with convenient dirt road for shuttling. Most people run both in the same day, usually Lavezzola first so Pauley Falls can serve as a climax. Lavezzola contains a class IV granite gorge and two harder rapids, one normally portaged, near the end. Pauley is basically a bunch of waterfalls connected by class II rapids. But what amazing waterfalls they are! The tallest ones are 25' and 15' high, yet it would be hard to rate either class V except at high flow. Wood is the principal hazard on both runs.
For a mile-by-mile description and pictures of Lavezzola Creek, click here. In spring of 1999, Pauley Creek had 2 mandatory tree portages, the first about 1 mile down, the second about 1.5 mile below put-in. The first may be portaged on the right with an eddy big enough for a couple of boats. The second may be portaged on the left with an eddy big enough for 3-4 boats.
Shuttle directions can be found in the new Holbek book, the one with red trim and awful graphic on the front cover.
Map of Rivers