Middle Fork Feather Advice
Dont want to ask for any secrets, but would like to fish the middle fork for the first time with a buddy in a couple weeks. Trying to figure out where we can hike in in the canyon section, called the feather river ranger district in oroville and was told the river is closed from cleghorn bar all the way down to above oroville due to fire damage? Any suggestions for access? Was hoping we could backpack down somewhere and hike out but car camping is also ok if not, national forest dispersed camping is much preferred over developed campgrounds with fees. If we should just stay upstream of sloat thats ok but much more interested in wild trout rather than stockers and would prefer rugged access for more solitude. Thanks
Get it in now while you can, it’s going to be to low and warm to fish soon. It’s looking like late June flows already, our basin lacked snow this year big time. Please stop fishing it come early summer, this rivers temps can get up to bathwater feeling and these fish are something special that they’ve adapted to survive one extreme to another. Please take a temp before you fish and don’t stress the fish out! As for places to fish, I’ll let you do your homework on that. Good luck and enjoy and watch out for those buzz tails!
Last edited by Mark Kranhold; 05-06-2021 at 08:32 PM.
Hey Mark thanks for your reply! Im not so much after places to fish, actually what i really want to know is what the national forest closure is in a very general area. The lady i spoke with at the feather river ranger dIstrict said that there was a special order (believe she called it a “K order”) that closed not only the accesses but the actual river itself to fishing/camping etc. due to fire damage. she said it was from around cleghorn bar all the way down to oroville, from my understanding that is the entire canyon section of the MF Feather? Ive been searching online but havent found anything about this. She suggested i talk to mt hough ranger station in quincy, for more info as she was vague and didnt have details, but havent heard back yet from them. Has anyone heard anything about this closure?
FYI, the entire river is Wild and Scenic, the first river in California to receive that designation . . . no stocked fish anywhere on the river.
Good to know, i thought they planted rainbows on the Upper hwy 89 section, glad to hear thats not the case. Thanks guys
Stockers are in the Millpond in Graeagle . . . but it has to be a really bad day to end up there!
The pond was empty last week due to the leeches again. Hopefully they get it filled and planted for the kids annual trout derby
ORDER NO. 05-11-00-21-06
PLUMAS NATIONAL FOREST
Feather River Ranger District
Developed Recreation Site, Bridge and River Area Closure
This Order supersedes Forest Order No. 05-11-03-21-02, dated on February 19, 2021.
Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety, the
following acts are prohibited within the Feather River Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest.
This Order is effective from March 11, 2021, through March 10, 2023.
1. Entering or using the Developed Recreation Sites listed in Exhibit A and shown on
Exhibit B. 36 C.F.R. § 261.58(b).
2. Being within the areas listed below and shown on Exhibit B.
a. Being within 1000 feet of the Toland Creek Bridge or the Frasier Creek Bridge.
b. Being within 25 feet of Middle Fork, Feather River, from its intersection with
Cleghorn Bar, Township 23 North, Range 9 East, Section 30 to its intersection
with Milsap Bar Township 21 North, Range 06 East, Section 2.
36 C.F.R. § 261.53(e).
3. Going into or being upon the Middle Fork, Feather River, from its intersection with
Cleghorn Bar, Township 23 North, Range 9 East, Section 30 to its intersection with
Milsap Bar Township 21 North, Range 06 East, Section 2, as shown on Exhibit B.
36 C.F.R. § 261.58(k).
Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:
1. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting.
force in the performance of an official duty
2. Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or
Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order), specifically exempting them from this Order.
These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions contained in 36 C.F.R. Part 261,
A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or
$10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. 16 U.S.C § 551
and 18 U.S.C. §§ 3559, 3571, and 3581.
Done at Quincy, California, this 10th day of March 2021.