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California whitewater, Nacimiento River

Monterey county, Hunter Liggett to Turtle Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     15 miles
 
I have lived on this portion of the river for 15 years. Although you could probaly put a canoe in the river on Fort Hunter Ligget with permission from Range Control, it would be very difficult to get past the rock formations at the Shut In. There is no public access to the Nacimiento River near Turtle Creek. One would have to go all the way to Lake Nacimiento to find a legal exit. Surface flow usually stops around the end of June, and the river
    turns into a series of pools. Even when the water is flowing in the spring, there are significantly long sections that would require one to portage. If one were to attempt this trip, they will be walking more than paddling,
and it would be a very long day. Says Keith Richards

The nature scenery of California and the cool fresh water beats anything. The Hunter Liggett to Turtle Creek section of Nacimiento River is 15 miles long and is a class I-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California
 
is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. If you're coming from San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling spots. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Nacimiento River, Hunter Liggett to Turtle Creek 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 Nacimiento River.
 Whitewater Near Nacimiento River:
Nacimiento River, Monterey County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 15 miles long (Hunter Liggett to Turtle Creek)
San Antonio, Monterey County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 10.7 miles long (Above and down to Mission San Antonio de Padua)
 Marinas Near Nacimiento River:
Lake Nacimiento Marina, Bradley , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Nacimiento River:
Moonstone Beach, San Luis Obispo , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Nacimiento River:
San Simeon Lodge, San Simeon , 13 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, San Simeon , 13 miles away
Silver Surf Motel, San Simeon , 13 miles away
Days Inn San Simeon, San Simeon , 13 miles away
Sands By The Sea, San Simeon , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nacimiento River:
Elk Campground, Monterey County, 7 miles away
Lottie Potrero Campground, Monterey County, 7 miles away
Fort Hunter Liggett Primitive Camp Ground, Lockwood, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nacimiento River:
Pinnacles National Monument, Paicines - CA , 41 miles away
San Simeon State Park, California , 13 miles away
Limekiln State Park, California , 28 miles away
Cayucos State Beach, California , 28 miles away
 Lakes Near Nacimiento River
Lake Nacimiento, San Luis Obispo , 20 miles away

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