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California whitewater, Klamath River

Humboldt county, Orleans to Weitchpec section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     16 miles
  The natural beauty of California and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. If you're coming from Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please
    print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your camp stove. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better
reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Orleans to Weitchpec stretch is just one of them. There's camping available near Klamath River. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The Orleans to Weitchpec stretch of Klamath River in Humboldt County is 16 miles long and is rated  
by American Whitewater as a class II section. The beauty of the Coast Ranges is a great plus for this river. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
There are fine places to explore along the Horse Ridge National Scenic Trail, and since you're here you will meet lots of people from nearby Orleans. You completely must go for the Coast Ranges. Don't leave Klamath River without first going for a hike along the Salmon Summit Recreation Trail. Red Cap Gulch is a tremendous site to discover.

Klamath River, Orleans to Weitchpec 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 Klamath River.
 Whitewater Near Klamath River:
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 16 miles long (Orleans to Weitchpec)
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 36 miles long (Weitchpec to Klamath Glen)
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Ishi Pishi Bridge to Orleans)
Whitewater Outfitter - Klamath River Outfitters, Siskiyou County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Bigfoot Rafting, Humboldt County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Redwood Creek, Humboldt County, 20 miles away
      Class III - 25 miles long (Lacks Creek to Orick)
Trinity River, Trinity/ Humboldt County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 39 miles long (Hawkins Bar to Weitchpec)
Salmon River, Siskiyou County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 19 miles long (Forks of Salmon to Somes Bar)
Klamath River, Siskiyou County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 22 miles long (Coon Creek to Ishi Pishi Falls)
Redwood Creek, Humboldt County, 22 miles away
      Class II - 5.4 miles long (Highway 299 to Bair Road)
 Ski Areas Near Klamath River:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 76 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Mount Shasta, California , 98 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Klamath River:
Moss Manor The River House, Willow Creek , 16 miles away
Holiday Inn Express KLAMATH - REDWOOD NTL PK AREA, Klamath , 32 miles away
Red Roof Inn Arcata, Arcata , 37 miles away
Howard Johnson Express Arcata, Arcata , 37 miles away
BEST WESTERN Arcata Inn, Arcata , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Klamath River:
Bluff Creek Campground, Humboldt County, 3 miles away
E-Ne-Nuck, Hoopa, 3 miles away
Aikens Creek Campground, Humboldt County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Klamath River:
Horse Ridge National Scenic Trail, Humboldt , 11 miles away,  24.4 hiking miles, 2221 feet elevation difference
Salmon Summit Recreation Trail, Humboldt , 14 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 1455 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Klamath River:
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 46 miles away
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 47 miles away
Six Rivers National Forest, California , 30 miles away
Prairie City State Park, California , 30 miles away
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California , 30 miles away
 Lakes Near Klamath River
Red Cap Lake, Humboldt , 15 miles away

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