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California whitewater, Sacramento River

Siskiyou Shasta county, Sims Flat Campground to Lake Shasta section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     13 miles
  This stretch of Sacramento River is 13 miles long and has been rated as a class IV section by American Whitewater. The put-in is not too far from Redding, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The wonderful California scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling
    spots. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The campgrounds here at Sacramento River are pretty
good. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind  
that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Sacramento River without visiting Castle Crags State Park, and you can go for a hike on the Crags Trail. Sacramento River is not far at all from Lakehead, and don't leave Sacramento River without first going for a hike along the Echo Lake Trail. This river is always fun. For the duration of the months of summer here at Sacramento River, high temperatures generally reach the 80's while night lows are mostly in the 40's. All through the winter highs are in the 40's while the cold winter nights at Sacramento River are in the 20's.

Sacramento River, Sims Flat Campground to Lake Shasta 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, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Sims Flat Campground to Lake Shasta)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Castle Craig to Sims Road)
Trinity River - East Fork, Trinity County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 8 miles long (Rams Horn Road to Clair Engle Lake)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Dunsmuir to Castle Craig)
Clear Creek Sacramento Tributary, Shasta County, 15 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 16 miles long (Clear Creek Campground to Trinity Mountain Road)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.5 miles long (Box Canyon Dam to Dunsmuir)
Whitewater Outfitter - North Country Raft Rental, Shasta County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Trinity River, Trinity County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13.6 miles long (Tangle Blue Creek to Clair Engle Lake)
McCloud River, Shasta County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 24 miles long (McCloud Reservoir to Lake Shasta)
Clear Creek Sacramento Tributary, Shasta County, 24 miles away
      Class IV - 8 miles long (Whiskeytown Reservoir to Sacramento Valley)
 Ski Areas Near Sacramento River:
Mount Shasta, California , 21 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 61 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Sacramento River:
Antler Resort & Marina, Lakehead , 5 miles away
Sugarloaf Resort, Lakehead , 7 miles away
Silverthorn Resort-Marina, Redding , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Sacramento River:
Dunsmuir Lodge, Dunsmuir , 13 miles away
Bridge Bay Motel, Redding , 13 miles away
Oak Tree Inn Dunsmuir, Dunsmuir , 15 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Tree House, Mount Shasta , 17 miles away
Mount Shasta Resort, Mount Shasta , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sacramento River:
Pollard Flat Campground, Shasta County, 3 miles away
Sims Flat Campground, Shasta County, 4 miles away
Best In The West Resort, Castella, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Sacramento River:
Crags Trail, Shasta , 10 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 2068 feet elevation difference
Echo Lake Trail, Shasta , 12 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 357 feet elevation difference
Castle Lake Trail, Siskiyou , 12 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 588 feet elevation difference
Dry Creek Trail, Shasta , 14 miles away, 3.7 hiking miles, 188 feet elevation difference
Sisson Calahan National Recreation Trail, Siskiyou , 17 miles away, 9.1 hiking miles, 4437 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Sacramento River:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 21 miles away
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 65 miles away
Castle Crags State Park, California , 10 miles away
Shasta National Forest, California , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sacramento River:
Mt Shasta Resort, Mount Shasta , 16 miles away
Golf Club Tierra Oaks, Redding , 17 miles away
Gold Hills Golf Club, Redding , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Sacramento River
Shasta Lake, Shasta , 15 miles away
Browns Lake, Siskiyou , 16 miles away

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