Piru Creek Whitewater Boating


Pursuant to the terms of United’s license with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the operation of Santa Felicia Dam, whitewater boating access on Piru Creek below Santa Felicia Dam is available when at least 200 cubic feet per second (cfs) is released from the dam.  Primarily, flows of 200 cfs or greater occur during United's water conservation releases.  These releases occur in most years and are conducted over a period of several weeks in the early fall.  Due to drought conditions, the District has not conducted a conservation release since 2012.

Flows of 200 cfs or greater may also occur following rainfall during the winter season. Due to the unpredictability of timing and amounts of rainfall, updates on the availability of whitewater boating may be provided on short notice during the winter season. During these storm events, it is likely that United Water will trigger what is known as a migration release for the endangered Southern California Steelhead. During such events, United is required to provide Whitewater opportunities which will be limited to portaging over the dam, on Saturdays and Sundays, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., when the rate of release is above 200 cubic feet per second (cfs). Access will not be permitted without a reservation, which must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the requested portaging.

For more details please check back to this website for updates on releases from Santa Felicia Dam.

For current flow conditions in lower Piru you can check the US Geological Survey's website for the USGS gauging station below Santa Felicia Dam.

For additional information of whitewater boating on lower Piru Creek, please also refer to the American Whitewater webpage.

Updated: February 16, 2017