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California whitewater, Goose Creek

Del Norte county, Saddle Road to South Fork Smith confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     5.6 miles
  This stretch of Goose Creek in California is 5.6 miles long and it is classified as a class V section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Del Norte County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The starting location is a short
    drive from Crescent City North, as you can see on the road map further down. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. There are some good stretches to paddle in this
river system, the Saddle Road to South Fork Smith confluence stretch is one of them. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whitewater paddling here in the Coast Ranges is a great experience. The campgrounds here at Goose Creek are pretty good. You might be  
into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park is a great location to stretch your legs a bit, and on a great day you can take a hike along the Paradise Trail. So much amusing stuff to do here in the Coast Ranges, too great to be true. When you're here at Goose Creek it's always fun to go to Six Rivers National Forest, and a day at Wilson Creek Beach is time well spent. This river is so perfect. There are plenty of folks from Crescent City North here at Goose Creek, and the Summit Valley Trail is a nice hiking trail nearby.

Goose Creek, Saddle Road to South Fork Smith confluence 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 Goose Creek.
 Whitewater Near Goose Creek:
Smith River - South Fork, Del Norte County, 1 miles away
      Class III-V - 13 miles long (Big Flat Campground to confluence with Middle Fork)
Goose Creek, Del Norte County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 5.6 miles long (Saddle Road to South Fork Smith confluence)
Hurdygurdy Creek, Del Norte County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Bear Basin Road to Big Flat Road)
Smith River - North Fork, Del Norte County, 16 miles away
      Class III-V - 13 miles long (Low Divide Road to Gasquet)
Smith River - Middle Fork, Del Norte County, 17 miles away
      Class II-V - 22 miles long (6 Miles Above Patrick Creek to South Fork Road)
Trace Creek, Siskiyou County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Bear Pen Creek to Klamath River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Klamath River Outfitters, Siskiyou County, 29 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 29 miles away
      Class II - 36 miles long (Weitchpec to Klamath Glen)
Klamath River, Siskiyou County, 29 miles away
      Class II - 22 miles long (Coon Creek to Ishi Pishi Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Goose Creek:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 86 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Goose Creek:
Crescent City Harbor District, Crescent City , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Goose Creek:
Wilson Creek Beach, Del Norte , 13 miles away
Crescent Beach, Del Norte , 17 miles away
Gold Bluffs Beach, Humboldt , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Goose Creek:
Holiday Inn Express KLAMATH - REDWOOD NTL PK AREA, Klamath , 11 miles away
Super 8 Crescent City, Crescent City , 19 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Northwoods Inn, Crescent City , 19 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Redwood Coast, Crescent City , 19 miles away
Anchor Beach Inn, Crescent City , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Goose Creek:
Big Flat Campground, Del Norte County, 1 miles away
Camp Marigold Motel and RV Park, Klamath, 5 miles away
Camper Corral, Klamath, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Goose Creek:
Paradise Trail, Del Norte , 6 miles away, 7.6 hiking miles, 1561 feet elevation difference
Summit Valley Trail, Del Norte , 7 miles away,  14.8 hiking miles, 3955 feet elevation difference
French Hill Trail, Del Norte , 10 miles away, 2.2 hiking miles, 2021 feet elevation difference
Elk Camp Ridge Trail, Del Norte , 14 miles away, 8.7 hiking miles, 2616 feet elevation difference
Hope Creek Trail, Humboldt , 14 miles away, 2.6 hiking miles, 500 feet elevation difference
Crea Trail, Humboldt , 15 miles away, 3.1 hiking miles, 688 feet elevation difference
Rhododendron Trail, Humboldt , 15 miles away, 5.9 hiking miles, 977 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Goose Creek:
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 18 miles away
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 32 miles away
Six Rivers National Forest, California , 5 miles away
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California , 14 miles away
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Goose Creek:
Elk Valley Rancheria, Crescent City , 8 miles away
Del Norte Golf Course, Crescent City , 15 miles away
Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Goose Creek
Dry Lake, Del Norte , 5 miles away

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