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California whitewater, Eel River

Lake county, Lake Pillsbury to Bucknell Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     5.7 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The Lake Pillsbury to Bucknell Creek section of Eel River is 5.7 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling
    rivers. Whitewater paddling here in the Coast Ranges is a great experience. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The put-in location is a short drive from
Clearlake, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Lake Pillsbury to Bucknell Creek section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. The natural beauty of Lake County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily  
run it on an afternoon. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
The beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Pine Mountain Spring, and you can go for a hike on the Crooked Tree Trail. You just can't picture the amount of outdoors exciting things the Coast Ranges has to offer. During your tour to Eel River you'll meet some folks from Potter Valley for sure, and a tour to Eel River wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Pebble Spring. At this river you will never have a bad time.

Eel River, Lake Pillsbury to Bucknell Creek 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 Eel River.
 Whitewater Near Eel River:
Eel River, Lake County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.7 miles long (Lake Pillsbury to Bucknell Creek)
Eel River, Mendocino County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 35 miles long (Van Arsdale Dam to Dos Rios)
Russian River - East Fork, Mendocino County, 11 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 2.6 miles long (Falls to Lake Mendocino)
Eel River, Lake County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Horse Creek to Lake Pillsbury)
Black Butte River, Glenn / Mendocino County, 15 miles away
      Class IV+ - 24 miles long (Headwaters at Basin to Middle Fork Eel)
Russian River, Mendocino County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 8.8 miles long (Calpella to Ukiah)
Tomki Creek, Mendocino County, 17 miles away
      Class III - 9.3 miles long (Hearst Road to Eel River)
Eel River - Middle Fork, Mendocino County, 24 miles away
      Class II-V - 32 miles long (Black Butte River to Dos Rios)
Outlet Creek, Mendocino County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.2 miles long (Highway 101 bridge to Highway 162)
Stony Creek, Colusa / Glenn County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Mill Creek to Diversion Dam)
 Marinas Near Eel River:
Lake Mendocino Marina, Ukiah , 15 miles away
Aurora RV Park and Marina, Nice , 19 miles away
Holiday Harbor RV Park and Marina, Nice , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Eel River:
Laurel Beach, Lake , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Eel River:
Super 8 Upper Lake, Upper Lake , 14 miles away
Vichy Springs Resort, Ukiah , 16 miles away
Travelodge Ukiah, Ukiah , 19 miles away
Discovery Inn, Ukiah , 19 miles away
BEST WESTERN Orchard Inn, Ukiah , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Eel River:
Lake Pillsbury - Pogie Point, Potter Valley, 4 miles away
Pogie Point Campground, Lake County, 4 miles away
Lake Pillsbury - Navy Camp, Potter Valley, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Eel River:
Elk Knob Trail, Lake , 13 miles away, 0.7 hiking miles, 386 feet elevation difference
Crooked Tree Trail, Lake , 14 miles away, 8.9 hiking miles, 2583 feet elevation difference
Middle Creek Flat Trail, Lake , 15 miles away, 1.5 hiking miles, 1427 feet elevation difference
Milk Ranch Trail, Colusa , 18 miles away,  6.4 hiking miles, 1706 feet elevation difference
Bucknell Trail, Lake , 19 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 1210 feet elevation difference
Bonnie View Trail, Colusa , 20 miles away, 9.2 hiking miles, 3897 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Eel River:
Mendocino National Forest, California , 20 miles away
Clear Lake State Park, California , 24 miles away
Montgomery Woods State Park, California , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Eel River:
Ukiah Municipal Golf Course, Ukiah , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Eel River
Lake Pillsbury, Lake , 3 miles away
Blue Lakes, Lake , 12 miles away
Lake Mendocino, Mendocino , 16 miles away

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