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California whitewater, McCloud River

Siskiyou county, Fowler Campground to McCloud Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     10 miles
  The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. The Fowler Campground to McCloud Reservoir stretch of McCloud River is 10 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of California and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here
    and paddle. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Redding, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so why not pack your
sleeping bag too. The river winds through the Southern Cascade Range and you get great scenery. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Fowler Campground to McCloud Reservoir stretch is one of them. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. There are campgrounds quite  
near the river where you can camp. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
Near McCloud River you come across delightful locations like Coyote Gulch, and do take a hike on the Cone Point Trail. And that's not all the things you can do here in the Southern Cascade Range. A tour to McCloud River wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Big Springs. Hiking along the Angel Meadow Trail is pleasant fun; you are in the vicinity of Cone Point since you're here.

McCloud River, Fowler Campground to McCloud Reservoir 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 McCloud River.
 Whitewater Near McCloud River:
McCloud River, Siskiyou County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Fowler Campground to McCloud Reservoir)
McCloud River, Shasta County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 24 miles long (McCloud Reservoir to Lake Shasta)
Pit River, Shasta County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Dunsmuir to Castle Craig)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 20 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Castle Craig to Sims Road)
Pit River, Shasta County, 21 miles away
      Class IV - 7 miles long (Pit 4 Dam to Pit 4 Powerhouse)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.5 miles long (Box Canyon Dam to Dunsmuir)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 23 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Sims Flat Campground to Lake Shasta)
Pit River, Shasta County, 26 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Lake Britton to Pit 3 Powerhouse)
 Ski Areas Near McCloud River:
Mount Shasta, California , 13 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 65 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near McCloud River:
McCloud River Mercantile Inn, McCloud , 8 miles away
McCloud River Inn, McCloud , 8 miles away
Oak Tree Inn Dunsmuir, Dunsmuir , 16 miles away
Dunsmuir Lodge, Dunsmuir , 17 miles away
Mount Shasta Resort, Mount Shasta , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near McCloud River:
Fowlers Campground, Siskiyou County, 2 miles away
Camp 4 Group, Mccloud, 3 miles away
Ash Camp, Big Bend, 5 miles away
 Trails Near McCloud River:
Cone Point Trail, Shasta , 4 miles away, 3.2 hiking miles, 633 feet elevation difference
Angel Meadow Trail, Siskiyou , 6 miles away, 3.1 hiking miles, 1415 feet elevation difference
Nelson Flat Trail, Shasta , 9 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 697 feet elevation difference
Rough and Ready Trail, Shasta , 12 miles away, 1.9 hiking miles, 343 feet elevation difference
Coal Mine Trail, Shasta , 13 miles away,  10.6 hiking miles, 3603 feet elevation difference
Pacific Crest Trail - section 17, overlapping , 15 miles away, 85.8 hiking miles, 5083 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near McCloud River:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 47 miles away
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 55 miles away
Castle Crags State Park, California , 20 miles away
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, California , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near McCloud River:
McCloud Golf Club, Mccloud , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near McCloud River
Pit 7 Reservoir, Shasta , 19 miles away

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