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California whitewater, Redwood Creek

Humboldt county, Lacks Creek to Orick section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     25 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camping
    stuff too. The Lacks Creek to Orick section of Redwood Creek in California is 25 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III section of whitewater. There are some good sections to paddle in this river
system, the Lacks Creek to Orick section is one of them. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. 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. The beautiful Coast Ranges scenery is an added bonus. The scenic beauty of Humboldt County and the sparkling of the sunlight  
on the water make the trip here worthwhile. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of folks from Orick here at Redwood Creek, and on a lovely day you can pop by Agate Beach. Life's too short to enjoy all the cool things in the Coast Ranges. Take a hike on the Elk Prairie Trail, and Prairie City State Park is a delightful spot any time of year. At this river you will never have a bad time. The landscape around Redwood Creek is dominated by the Bald Hills, and Humboldt Lagoons State Park is a good spot to stretch your legs a bit.

Redwood Creek, Lacks Creek to Orick road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Redwood Creek.
 Whitewater Near Redwood Creek:
Redwood Creek, Humboldt County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 25 miles long (Lacks Creek to Orick)
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 36 miles long (Weitchpec to Klamath Glen)
Redwood Creek, Humboldt County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 5.4 miles long (Highway 299 to Bair Road)
Goose Creek, Del Norte County, 24 miles away
      Class V - 5.6 miles long (Saddle Road to South Fork Smith confluence)
Whitewater Outfitter - Bigfoot Rafting, Humboldt County, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Smith River - South Fork, Del Norte County, 27 miles away
      Class III-V - 13 miles long (Big Flat Campground to confluence with Middle Fork)
Mad River, Humboldt County, 28 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (Jackshaw Road to Butler Valley-Maple Creek Road)
 Ski Areas Near Redwood Creek:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 99 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Beaches Near Redwood Creek:
Agate Beach, Humboldt , 13 miles away
Moonstone Beach, Humboldt , 13 miles away
Little River State Beach, Humboldt , 13 miles away
Gold Bluffs Beach, Humboldt , 14 miles away
Cannonball Beach, Humboldt , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Redwood Creek:
Rodeway Inn Emerald Forest Of Trinidad, Trinidad , 14 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ARCATA/EUREKA-AIRPORT AREA, McKinleyville , 15 miles away
Red Roof Inn Arcata, Arcata , 17 miles away
BEST WESTERN Arcata Inn, Arcata , 17 miles away
Super 8 Arcata, Arcata , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Redwood Creek:
Redwood National Park - 44 Camp, Orick, 5 miles away
Redwood National Park - Elam, Orick, 6 miles away
Midway RV Park, Trinidad, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Redwood Creek:
Elk Prairie Trail, Humboldt , 10 miles away, 2.6 hiking miles, 147 feet elevation difference
Cathedral Tree Trail, Humboldt , 10 miles away, 0.7 hiking miles, 77 feet elevation difference
Big Tree Trail, Humboldt , 11 miles away,  .8 hiking miles, 46 feet elevation difference
Foothill Trail, Humboldt , 11 miles away, 1.8 hiking miles, 235 feet elevation difference
Miners Ridge Trail, Humboldt , 11 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 617 feet elevation difference
Rhododendron Trail, Humboldt , 11 miles away, 5.9 hiking miles, 977 feet elevation difference
South Fork Trail, Humboldt , 11 miles away,  1.2 hiking miles, 679 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Redwood Creek:
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 34 miles away
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 55 miles away
Humboldt Lagoons State Park, California , 10 miles away
Prairie City State Park, California , 13 miles away
Little River State Beach, California , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Redwood Creek:
Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach , 10 miles away
Beau Pre Golf Club, Mckinleyville , 15 miles away
Baywood Golf & Country Club, Arcata , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Redwood Creek
Stone Lagoon, Humboldt , 10 miles away

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