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California whitewater, Cottonwood Creek - South Fork

Tehama county, Pettyjohn Road to Highway 36 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     9.5 miles
  If you're coming from Redding it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Cottonwood Creek - South Fork in California is 9.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section. The wonderful Tehama County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Cottonwood Creek - South Fork will make you feel great. You might be
    into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling places. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Pettyjohn Road to Highway 36 section is just one
of many. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The campgrounds here at Cottonwood Creek - South Fork are pretty good. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to  
drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
Wildhide Gulch is right next door to Cottonwood Creek - South Fork and is a great spot, and there is a nice hiking trail nearby called the Lanyan Trail. Cottonwood Creek - South Fork gets a normal amount of annual rainfall. The month with most of the rain is January, and July meanwhile is the driest month. High temperatures at Cottonwood Creek - South Fork all through the warm days of summer are in the 90's.

Cottonwood Creek - South Fork, Pettyjohn Road to Highway 36 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 Cottonwood Creek - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Cottonwood Creek - South Fork:
Cottonwood Creek - South Fork, Tehama County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Pettyjohn Road to Highway 36)
Elder Creek, Tehama County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 17.2 miles long (Lowrey Road to Paskenta Road)
Cottonwood Creek - Middle Fork, Shasta/ Tehama County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 23.5 miles long (Platina Road to North Fork)
Cottonwood Creek - North Fork, Shasta County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8 miles long (Ono to Gas Point Road)
Cottonwood Creek - North Fork, Shasta County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Sunny Hill Road to Platina Road bridge Close to Ono)
Clear Creek Sacramento Tributary, Shasta County, 20 miles away
      Class IV - 8 miles long (Whiskeytown Reservoir to Sacramento Valley)
Brandy Creek, Shasta County, 21 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (above Whiskeytown Reservoir)
Whitewater Outfitter - North Country Raft Rental, Shasta County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cottonwood Creek - Middle Fork, Shasta/ Tehama County, 28 miles away
      Class IV - 11.1 miles long (Knob Gulch confluence to Platina Road)
Thomes Creek, Tehama County, 29 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 22 miles long (Above Paskenta)
 Ski Areas Near Cottonwood Creek - South Fork:
Mount Shasta, California , 62 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 99 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Cottonwood Creek - South Fork:
Win-River Resort And Casino, Redding , 17 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites RED BLUFF-SOUTH REDDING AREA, Red Bluff , 19 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Red Bluff, Red Bluff , 19 miles away
Classic Inn Red Bluff, Red Bluff , 19 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Anderson, Anderson , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cottonwood Creek - South Fork:
Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff, 19 miles away
Shasta District Fairground, Anderson, 19 miles away
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area - Horse Camp, Shasta, 19 miles away
 Trails Near Cottonwood Creek - South Fork:
Lanyan Trail, Tehama , 10 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 783 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Cottonwood Creek - South Fork:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 26 miles away
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 66 miles away
Woodson Bridge State Park, California , 33 miles away
Mendocino National Forest, California , 36 miles away
Weaverville Joss House State Park, California , 40 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cottonwood Creek - South Fork:
Wilcox Oaks Golf Club, Red Bluff , 8 miles away
Anderson Tucker Oaks Golf Club, Anderson , 18 miles away
Allen's Golf Course, Redding , 19 miles away

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