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California whitewater, Sespe Creek

Ventura county, Lion Campground to Highway 126 bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     31.5 miles
  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 Lion Campground to Highway 126 bridge section of Sespe Creek in California is 31.5 miles long and is a class IV-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Lion Campground to Highway 126 bridge
    section is one of them. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. You might have to settle
for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often tougher than elsewhere, so don't forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The nature scenery of California and the water flowing gracefully down Sespe Creek are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Whitewater paddling  
here in the Sierra Madre is a great experience. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with not too many other spots for that. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
The beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Jackson Falls; East Fork Santa Paula Canyon is certainly a good location to go to. This location, the Sierra Madre, has so much outdoors entertaining stuff. Here at Sespe Creek you'll almost certainly meet some people from Santa Paula, and don't leave Sespe Creek without first paying a visit to The Punch Bowl.

Sespe Creek, Lion Campground to Highway 126 bridge 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 Sespe Creek.
 Whitewater Near Sespe Creek:
Sespe Creek, Ventura County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 31.5 miles long (Lion Campground to Highway 126 bridge)
Piru Creek, Ventura County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Lake Piru to Santa Clara River)
Piru Creek, Los Angeles / Ventura County, 22 miles away
      Class IV - 15 miles long (Pyramid Lake to Lake Piru)
 Ski Areas Near Sespe Creek:
Shirley Meadow, California , 78 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Mt Waterman, California , 89 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Mountain High, California , 94 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 16 lifts, 62 runs
Ski Sunrise, California , 94 miles away, 816 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Mt. Baldy, California , 99 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 28 runs
 Marinas Near Sespe Creek:
Ventura West Marina, Ventura , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Sespe Creek:
Ventura City Beach, Ventura , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Sespe Creek:
Ocean Gateway Inn, Santa Paula , 8 miles away
BEST WESTERN La Posada Motel, Fillmore , 10 miles away
Hummingbird Inn, Ojai , 13 miles away
The Capri, Ojai , 13 miles away
Emerald Iguana Inn, Ojai , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sespe Creek:
Cross Campground, Ventura County, 1 miles away
Santa Paula Trailcamp, Santa Paula, 2 miles away
Steckel Park Campground, Santa Paula, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Sespe Creek:
Last Chance Trail, Ventura , 0 miles away,  11.8 hiking miles, 4251 feet elevation difference
Reed Reef Trail, Ventura , 4 miles away,  21 hiking miles, 4276 feet elevation difference
Horn Canyon Trail, Ventura , 8 miles away, 2.9 hiking miles, 3157 feet elevation difference
Rose Lion Trail, Ventura , 9 miles away, 5.6 hiking miles, 2160 feet elevation difference
Upper Sespe River Trail, Ventura , 10 miles away,  14 hiking miles, 1682 feet elevation difference
Alder Creek Trail, Ventura , 10 miles away,  20.4 hiking miles, 3319 feet elevation difference
Cedar Lake Trail, Ventura , 11 miles away, 4.7 hiking miles, 2058 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Sespe Creek:
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Thousand Oaks - CA , 20 miles away
Channel Islands National Park, Ventura - CA , 20 miles away
San Buenaventura State Beach, California , 20 miles away
Point Mugu State Park, California , 20 miles away
McGrath State Beach, California , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sespe Creek:
Mountain View Golf Course, Santa Paula , 7 miles away
Elkins Ranch Golf Course, Fillmore , 11 miles away
Saticoy Country Club, Somis , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Sespe Creek
Lower Rose Lake, Ventura , 10 miles away

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