It’s argued the greatest section of whitewater in California is up in the headwaters of the North Fork of the Mokelumne River in the Sierras. A section of river aptly called Fantasy Falls, where clear mountain water twists down long stretches of pink granite. It’s a reach on the dream list for any whitewater kayaker looking for the most rowdy, remote, high-quality rivers in the world. The trouble is catching during the California snowmelt season.
Nouria Newman has been getting after the goods in the U.S. this year, including one of the best California seasons in recent memory. What better way to cap it off, than with this run down Fantasy Falls.