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California whitewater, Camp Creek

El Dorado county, Fleming Meadows trailhead to Happy Valley Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV+     10.1 miles
  This section of Camp Creek is 10.1 miles long and has been rated as a class IV+ section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The scenic beauty of California and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. No need
    to look hard for hotels, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for
more. There's camping available near Camp Creek. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling rivers. The wild scenery of the Northern Sierra Nevada is great. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Fleming Meadows trailhead to  
Happy Valley Road section is one of them. If you're coming from Truckee-Grass Valley it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the general area:
A spree to Boles Gap is always fun, and Indian Grinding Rock State Park is a wonderful site to stretch your legs a bit. This site, the Northern Sierra Nevada, has so much outdoors enjoyable stuff. If the weather is perfect here at Camp Creek, you can go for a hike along the Pigeon Roost Trail; people from Somerset love to come here. This river has it all.

Camp Creek, Fleming Meadows trailhead to Happy Valley Road 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 Camp Creek.
 Whitewater Near Camp Creek:
Camp Creek, El Dorado County, 4 miles away
      Class IV+ - 10.1 miles long (Fleming Meadows trailhead to Happy Valley Road)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Slab Creek Dam to White Rock Powerhouse)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.4 miles long (Peavine Ridge Road to Forebay Road)
Cosumnes River - Middle Fork, El Dorado County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 11 miles long (Outingdale to Highway 49)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Riverton to Peavine Ridge Road)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Amador/ Calaveras County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Below Tiger Creek to Red Corral Road)
American River - South Fork, El Dorado County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 20.5 miles long (Route 193 to Folsom Lake)
Rubicon River, Placer/ El Dorado County, 18 miles away
      Class V - 20.3 miles long (Ellicott Bridge to Ralston Afterbay)
Mokelumne River, Amador/ Calaveras County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Ponderosa Way to Highway 49 Bridge)
Cosumnes River, El Dorado / Amador / Sacramento County, 18 miles away
      Class II-V - 20 miles long (Highway 49 to Highway 16)
 Ski Areas Near Camp Creek:
Alpine Meadows, California , 36 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 37 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Kirkwood, California , 37 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 38 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Homewood, California , 38 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Soda Springs, California , 38 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 39 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 40 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Boreal, California , 40 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Bear Valley, California , 40 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
 Marinas Near Camp Creek:
Bear River Lake Resort, Pioneer , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Camp Creek:
BEST WESTERN Stagecoach Inn, Pollock Pines , 4 miles away
Albert Shafsky House Bed And Breakfast, Placerville , 12 miles away
Gold Country Inn, Placerville , 13 miles away
Lexington Historic Cary House Hotel, Placerville , 14 miles away
Historic Cary House Hotel, Placerville , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Camp Creek:
Sly Park Recreation Area - Black Oak Equestrian, Pollock Pines, 3 miles away
Sly Park Campground, Pollock Pines, 4 miles away
Sly Park Recreation Area - Pine Cone, Pollock Pines, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Camp Creek:
Pigeon Roost Trail, Placer , 15 miles away, 1.4 hiking miles, 763 feet elevation difference
Grizzly Canyon Trail, Placer , 15 miles away, 2 hiking miles, 381 feet elevation difference
Belix Trail, Placer , 15 miles away, 6.9 hiking miles, 1141 feet elevation difference
Slide Point Trail, Placer , 16 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 1512 feet elevation difference
Nevada Point Trail, El Dorado , 17 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 2771 feet elevation difference
Ellicott Trail, El Dorado , 17 miles away, 1.3 hiking miles, 1591 feet elevation difference
Grey Trail, Placer , 18 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 2339 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Camp Creek:
Indian Grinding Rock State Park, California , 14 miles away
Eldorado National Forest, California , 19 miles away
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park, California , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Camp Creek:
Apple Mountain Golf Resort, Camino , 8 miles away
Camino Heights Golf Course, Camino , 8 miles away
Mace Meadow Golf & Country Club, Pioneer , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Camp Creek
Slab Creek Reservoir, El Dorado , 8 miles away
Stumpy Meadows Lake, El Dorado , 12 miles away
Tiger Creek Reservoir, Amador , 14 miles away

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