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California whitewater, Elk Creek

Siskiyou county, Elk Creek Road to Klamath River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-IV     5 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Siskiyou County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. The put-in is not too far from Grants Pass, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. There's camping available near Elk Creek. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these
    hotels fill up quick. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. This
section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. This section of Elk Creek in California is 5 miles long and is according to  
American Whitewater a class I-IV section of whitewater. The Klamath Mountains scenery is wonderful.

Briefly about the general area:
On a magnificent day at Elk Creek you can take a hike along the Boundary Trail, and Klamath National Forest is both good and pretty. You'll beyond doubt wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the entertaining things in the Klamath Mountains. Elk Creek is not far at all from Happy Camp, and if the weather is great, you can go for a hike along the Boundary National Recreation Trail. This river is always fun. Elk Creek gets a great deal of water.

Elk Creek, Elk Creek Road to Klamath River 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 Elk Creek.
 Whitewater Near Elk Creek:
Elk Creek, Siskiyou County, 2 miles away
      Class I-IV - 5 miles long (Elk Creek Road to Klamath River)
Klamath River, Siskiyou County, 2 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 18 miles long (Happy Camp to Coon Creek)
Indian Creek Klamath Tributary, Siskiyou County, 5 miles away
      Class III - 7.6 miles long (confluence South and East Fork to Klamath River)
Klamath River, Siskiyou County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 22 miles long (Coon Creek to Ishi Pishi Falls)
Trace Creek, Siskiyou County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Bear Pen Creek to Klamath River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Klamath River Outfitters, Siskiyou County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Wooley Creek, Siskiyou County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (North Fork confluence to Salmon River)
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 21 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Ishi Pishi Bridge to Orleans)
Klamath River, Siskiyou County, 23 miles away
      Class III - 36 miles long (Sarah Totten Campground to Happy Camp)
Salmon River - North Fork, Siskiyou County, 24 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Little North Fork to Forks of Salmon)
 Ski Areas Near Elk Creek:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 49 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Mount Shasta, California , 84 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Elk Creek:
Chateau At The Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction , 23 miles away
BEST WESTERN Grants Pass Inn, Grants Pass , 36 miles away
Holiday Inn Express GRANTS PASS, Grants Pass , 36 miles away
Comfort Inn Grants Pass, Grants Pass , 37 miles away
Grants Pass Travelodge, Grants Pass , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk Creek:
Elk Creek Campground & Recreational Vehicle Park, Happy Camp, 2 miles away
Curley Jack Campground, Siskiyou County, 2 miles away
Pick-aw-Ish Campground, Siskiyou County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Elk Creek:
Boundary National Recreation Trail, Siskiyou , 12 miles away,  33.2 hiking miles, 4828 feet elevation difference
Boundary Trail, Josephine , 14 miles away, 8.6 hiking miles, 1741 feet elevation difference
Sucker Creek Trail, Josephine , 14 miles away,  8.2 hiking miles, 1978 feet elevation difference
Bill Fruit Trail, Josephine , 14 miles away,  3.4 hiking miles, 534 feet elevation difference
Bolan Lake Trail, Josephine , 14 miles away, 1.9 hiking miles, 563 feet elevation difference
Green Valley Trail, Josephine , 15 miles away,  1.4 hiking miles, 810 feet elevation difference
East Fork Sucker Creek Trail, Josephine , 15 miles away, 6.4 hiking miles, 3375 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Elk Creek:
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 26 miles away
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 55 miles away
Klamath National Forest, California , 4 miles away
Six Rivers National Forest, California , 33 miles away
Valley of the Rogue State Park, Oregon , 38 miles away
 Lakes Near Elk Creek
Echo Lake, Siskiyou , 17 miles away

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