>Middle Fork Feather

Middle Fork Feather


Region Code: 
MFF
Area: 
3,553.67 km2

The Middle Fork Feather River arises from the confluence of numerous tributaries of Sierra Valley, the largest montane valley in the Sierra Nevada. The Middle Fork Feather River is one of the original federally-designated Wild and Scenic River systems. The watershed is home to old-growth conifer forest as well as actively managed/logged public and private forestlands, agricultural production and towns along with hundreds of miles of dirt roads and historic railroad logging grades. After providing the bulk of agricultural water supplies in Sierra Valley and Mohawk Valleys, the Middle Fork descends into an un-roaded canyon, popular with flyfishers, backpackers and whitewater enthusiasts. The watershed is actively monitored by the FRCRM, Upper Feather River Irrigated Lands Group and USFS. For the Report Card, the south fork of the Feather River was combined with the Middle Fork. It is a small, high precipitation watershed that is home to old-growth conifer forest as well as actively managed/logged public and private forestlands, towns, an extensive mining legacy, along with hundreds of miles of dirt roads. Little Grass Valley Reservoir, in the upper watershed, provides agricultural and drinking water supplies as well as supporting heavy recreational use. The Middle Fork Feather has the largest area of the 11 regions in the study.