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California whitewater, Arroyo Mocho River

Alameda county, Above Waterfalls to Mines Road bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V+     8 miles
 
This is a seasonal creek, not a river. The picture below is from early April. The only possible way to kayak or raft this would be during or immediately after a major storm. And the brush on the creek banks would likely be your undoing. I've never heard of anyone ever kayaking this creek. Says Bob Burd (see picture)

The beautiful scenery of Alameda County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile.
    The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking
there are not so many other good rivers for that around here. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. This section of Arroyo Mocho River in California is 8 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V+ section by American Whitewater. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Above Waterfalls to Mines  
Road bridge stretch is just one of them. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
Lake Del Valle State Park is both wonderful and scenic, and it's near Arroyo Mocho River; during your spree here you'll meet some people from Livermore for sure.

Arroyo Mocho River, Above Waterfalls to Mines Road bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Arroyo Mocho River.
 Whitewater Near Arroyo Mocho River:
Arroyo Mocho River, Alameda County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 8 miles long (Above Waterfalls to Mines Road bridge)
Arroyo Hondo River, Santa Clara County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Kincaid Road to Calaveras Reservoir)
Arroyo Valle River, Santa Clara/ Alameda County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 28 miles long (Mt. Hamilton to Del Valle Reservoir)
Alameda Creek, Alameda County, 17 miles away
      Class III - 4.3 miles long (Sunol to Niles Junction Close to Fremont)
 Marinas Near Arroyo Mocho River:
Discovery Bay Yacht Harbor, Discovery Bay , 17 miles away
Cruiser Haven, Brentwood , 18 miles away
Tracy Oasis Marina Resort, Tracy , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Arroyo Mocho River:
The Purple Orchid Wine Country, Livermore , 4 miles away
La Quinta Inn Livermore, Livermore , 7 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Vineyard Inn, Livermore , 7 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Livermore , 7 miles away
DoubleTree By Hilton Livermore, Livermore , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Arroyo Mocho River:
Del Valle Regional Park - Eagles View Group, Livermore, 2 miles away
Del Valle Regional Park - Caballo Loco Group Equestrian, Livermore, 2 miles away
Del Valle Regional Park - Family, Livermore, 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Arroyo Mocho River:
Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail, San Francisco - CA , 54 miles away
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco - CA , 54 miles away
Lake Del Valle State Park, California , 3 miles away
Mount Diablo State Park, California , 25 miles away
Franks Tract State Park, California , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Arroyo Mocho River:
Poppy Ridge Golf Course, Livermore , 4 miles away
The Course At Wente Vineyards, Livermore , 7 miles away
Mountain House Golf Course, Livermore , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Arroyo Mocho River
Calaveras Reservoir, Alameda , 12 miles away
Cherry Flat Reservoir, Santa Clara , 13 miles away

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