Bear River

Colfax / Rivers

Bear River flows 73 miles from the coniferous forests of the Sierra Nevada to the open grasslands and pastures of the Central Valley. Activities include fishing, hiking, birdwatching, camping, angling, and gold panning, as well as rafting and kayaking on the Bear’s four-mile Class II Whitewater Run. The area also supports rare habitats including California black rail, bald eagle, foothill yellow-legged frog, ringtail cat, and big-eared bat. If you’re looking to fish, Lower Bear River is home to freshwater species that includes Central Valley steelhead, Chinook salmon, and green and white sturgeon.


Bear River
2500 Campground Rd.
Colfax, CA 95713