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California whitewater, Eel River - South Fork

Mendocino county, Close to Branscomb to Big Bend section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     9.5 miles
  The Close to Branscomb to Big Bend section of Eel River - South Fork in California is 9.5 miles long and is a class IV-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you're coming from Ukiah it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California
    is often tougher than elsewhere, so keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The scenic beauty of California and the water flowing gracefully down Eel River - South Fork beats anything. Great exercise
and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good places for that around here. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. The beauty of the Coast Ranges is a great plus for this river. Not too many hotels nearby,  
you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to Westport-Union Landing State Beach near Eel River - South Fork is a splendid thing to do, and Dark Canyon is another perfect spot to explore nearby. Be careful coming to the Coast Ranges, you might not ever wanna go home again. Here at Eel River - South Fork you'll perhaps meet some people from Branscomb, and Wages Creek Beach is reasonably nearby if you're in a beach type of mood. This river is a wonderful place to visit. A great site like Standish-Hickey State Recreational Area close to Eel River - South Fork is too splendid to leave out, and Horseshoe Bend is a good location to stop by while in the region.

Eel River - South Fork, Close to Branscomb to Big Bend 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 - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Eel River - South Fork:
Eel River - South Fork, Mendocino County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.5 miles long (Close to Branscomb to Big Bend)
Eel River - South Fork, Mendocino County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 21 miles long (Big Bend to Piercy)
Rattlesnake Creek, Mendocino County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (US 101 to Big Bend)
Tenmile Creek, Mendocino County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Gauge on Highway 101 to South Fork Eel)
Noyo River, Mendocino County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 20 miles long (Northspur to Fort Bragg)
Eel River, Mendocino/ Trinity/ Humboldt County, 21 miles away
      Class II-IV - 47 miles long (Dos Rios to Alderpoint)
Outlet Creek, Mendocino County, 26 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.2 miles long (Highway 101 bridge to Highway 162)
Eel River - North Fork, Trinity/ Mendocino County, 30 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Hulls Creek to Mina Road)
 Marinas Near Eel River - South Fork:
Dolphin RV Park & Marina, Fort Bragg , 19 miles away
NOYO Harbor District, Fort Bragg , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Eel River - South Fork:
Wages Creek Beach, Mendocino , 10 miles away
Seaside Creek Beach, Mendocino , 12 miles away
Ten Mile Beach, Mendocino , 14 miles away
Laguna Point Beach, Mendocino , 16 miles away
Pudding Creek Beach, Mendocino , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Eel River - South Fork:
Mendocino Hotel And Garden Suites, Mendocino , 17 miles away
Coast Inn And Spa, Fort Bragg , 18 miles away
Ocean View Lodge, Fort Bragg , 18 miles away
Surf And Sand Lodge, Fort Bragg , 18 miles away
Beachcomber Motel Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Eel River - South Fork:
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area - Redwood, Piercy, 9 miles away
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area - Rock Creek, Piercy, 9 miles away
Hickey Campground, Mendocino County, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Eel River - South Fork:
Standish-Hickey State Recreational Area, California , 9 miles away
Westport-Union Landing State Beach, California , 10 miles away
MacKerricher State Park, California , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Eel River - South Fork:
Benbow Valley RV Resort & Golf Course, Garberville , 20 miles away

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