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California whitewater, Piru Creek

Ventura county, Lake Piru to Santa Clara River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     4 miles
  The Lake Piru to Santa Clara River section of Piru Creek in California is 4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. If you're coming from Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The nature scenery of California and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you
    feel great. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. This is a pretty decent length section, you can easily run it on an afternoon. You can pitch a tent or park your
RV at a nearby campground. 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. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California are harder than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a  
few others too. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you won't find many other paddling rivers. The wild scenery of the Sierra Madre is great.

Briefly about the general area:
On a great day at Piru Creek you can take a hike along the Pothole Trail, and Castaic Lake State Park is both good and striking. So many cool things to do in the Sierra Madre, not enough time. A pleasant place to take a look at in close proximity to Piru Creek is Modelo Canyon. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is a glorious place close to Piru Creek, and the Devil Canyon Trail is a pleasant hiking trail nearby.

Piru Creek, Lake Piru to Santa Clara 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 Piru Creek.
 Whitewater Near Piru Creek:
Piru Creek, Ventura County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Lake Piru to Santa Clara River)
Piru Creek, Los Angeles / Ventura County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 15 miles long (Pyramid Lake to Lake Piru)
Sespe Creek, Ventura County, 28 miles away
      Class IV-V - 31.5 miles long (Lion Campground to Highway 126 bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Piru Creek:
Mt Waterman, California , 69 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Shirley Meadow, California , 74 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Mountain High, California , 74 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 16 lifts, 62 runs
Ski Sunrise, California , 74 miles away, 816 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Mt. Baldy, California , 80 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 28 runs
 Marinas Near Piru Creek:
Acebo Marina, Winnetka , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Piru Creek:
Grand Vista Hotel Simi Valley, Simi Valley , 8 miles away
Holiday Inn Express SIMI VALLEY, Simi Valley , 9 miles away
Courtyard Ventura Simi Valley, Simi Valley , 9 miles away
BEST WESTERN Posada Royale Hotel & Suites, Simi Valley , 9 miles away
Rodeway Inn Magic Mountain Area, Castaic , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Piru Creek:
Lake Piru, Piru, 3 miles away
Dominguez Campground, Ventura County, 4 miles away
Blue Point Campground, Ventura County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Piru Creek:
Pothole Trail, Ventura , 6 miles away,  10.6 hiking miles, 2168 feet elevation difference
Devil Canyon Trail, Los Angeles , 7 miles away,  17.6 hiking miles, 2574 feet elevation difference
Canton Canyon Trail, Los Angeles , 8 miles away, 7 hiking miles, 2124 feet elevation difference
Whiteacre Peak Trail, Ventura , 9 miles away, 4.5 hiking miles, 1954 feet elevation difference
Agua Blanca Trail, Ventura , 10 miles away, 20.2 hiking miles, 6134 feet elevation difference
Bucksnort Trail, Ventura , 12 miles away,  5.6 hiking miles, 1286 feet elevation difference
Bailey Trail, Los Angeles , 13 miles away,  7.2 hiking miles, 1111 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Piru Creek:
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Thousand Oaks - CA , 14 miles away
Channel Islands National Park, Ventura - CA , 37 miles away
Castaic Lake State Park, California , 11 miles away
Malibu Creek State Park, California , 19 miles away
Hungry Valley State Park, California , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Piru Creek:
Sky Golf Course, Simi Valley , 7 miles away
Simi Hills Golf Course, Simi Valley , 10 miles away
Rustic Canyon Golf Course, Moorpark , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Piru Creek
Lake Piru, Ventura , 2 miles away
Pyramid Lake, Los Angeles , 12 miles away
Castaic Lake, Los Angeles , 12 miles away

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