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California whitewater, Sacramento River

Siskiyou Shasta county, Dunsmuir to Castle Craig section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     5 miles
  This stretch of Sacramento River in California is 5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-IV section of whitewater. The put-in location is a short drive from Redding, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. Whether
    you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. The scenic beauty of Siskiyou/ Shasta County and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle.
There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Dunsmuir to Castle Craig stretch is just one of many. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Mount Shasta is a very popular ski area close by, and unsurprisingly,
 
everybody loves Castle Crags State Park. Soda Spring is a picturesque spot to explore while you're at Sacramento River. On a great day at Sacramento River you can take a hike along the Crags Trail; a short visit to Soda Springs is always worthwhile. Here at Sacramento River you'll probably meet some folks from Dunsmuir; there is a nice hiking trail close by called the Castle Lake Trail. At Sacramento River all through the summertime months highs are in the 80's. Once the sun is down it sinks down to the 40's. The winter comes with highs in the 40's, and overnight lows at Sacramento River through the winter mostly plunge into the 20's.

Sacramento River, Dunsmuir to Castle Craig 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 Sacramento River.
 Whitewater Near Sacramento River:
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Dunsmuir to Castle Craig)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Castle Craig to Sims Road)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.5 miles long (Box Canyon Dam to Dunsmuir)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Sims Flat Campground to Lake Shasta)
McCloud River, Shasta County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 24 miles long (McCloud Reservoir to Lake Shasta)
Trinity River - East Fork, Trinity County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 8 miles long (Rams Horn Road to Clair Engle Lake)
McCloud River, Siskiyou County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Fowler Campground to McCloud Reservoir)
Clear Creek Sacramento Tributary, Shasta County, 24 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 16 miles long (Clear Creek Campground to Trinity Mountain Road)
Trinity River, Trinity County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13.6 miles long (Tangle Blue Creek to Clair Engle Lake)
 Ski Areas Near Sacramento River:
Mount Shasta, California , 10 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 55 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Sacramento River:
Antler Resort & Marina, Lakehead , 16 miles away
Sugarloaf Resort, Lakehead , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Sacramento River:
Dunsmuir Lodge, Dunsmuir , 1 miles away
Oak Tree Inn Dunsmuir, Dunsmuir , 3 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Tree House, Mount Shasta , 7 miles away
Mount Shasta Resort, Mount Shasta , 7 miles away
McCloud River Mercantile Inn, McCloud , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sacramento River:
Rustic Trailer Park, Dunsmuir, 0 miles away
Railroad Park Resort, Dunsmuir, 0 miles away
Castle Crags State Park - Riverside, Castella, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Sacramento River:
Crags Trail, Shasta , 2 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 2068 feet elevation difference
Castle Lake Trail, Siskiyou , 5 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 588 feet elevation difference
Echo Lake Trail, Shasta , 12 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 357 feet elevation difference
Sisson Calahan National Recreation Trail, Siskiyou , 12 miles away, 9.1 hiking miles, 4437 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Sacramento River:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 32 miles away
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 66 miles away
Castle Crags State Park, California , 2 miles away
Shasta National Forest, California , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sacramento River:
Mt Shasta Resort, Mount Shasta , 6 miles away
McCloud Golf Club, Mccloud , 11 miles away
Weed Golf Club, Weed , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Sacramento River
Browns Lake, Siskiyou , 7 miles away

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