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California whitewater, Smith River - Middle Fork

Del Norte county, 6 Miles Above Patrick Creek to South Fork Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-V     22 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often tougher than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The put-in is not too far from Crescent City North, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Smith River - Middle Fork in Del Norte County is 22 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-V section. A
    good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter,
so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the 6 Miles Above Patrick Creek to South Fork Road stretch is just one of many. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll  
find a large number of good rivers. The wild scenery of the Coast Ranges is great. The beautiful scenery of Del Norte County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far.

Briefly about the general area:
There's delightful hiking along the Elk Camp Ridge Trail; Six Rivers National Forest is worth going to. Yep, outdoors exciting things truly is abundant here in the Coast Ranges. The French Hill Trail offers hiking at its best; if you want to go to some out of the ordinary stuff, go to Danger Point. This river is so perfect. Smith River - Middle Fork is not far at all from Gasquet.

Smith River - Middle Fork, 6 Miles Above Patrick Creek to South Fork Road road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Smith River - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near Smith River - Middle Fork:
Hurdygurdy Creek, Del Norte County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Bear Basin Road to Big Flat Road)
Smith River - North Fork, Del Norte County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 13 miles long (Low Divide Road to Gasquet)
Smith River - South Fork, Del Norte County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 13 miles long (Big Flat Campground to confluence with Middle Fork)
Smith River - Middle Fork, Del Norte County, 11 miles away
      Class II-V - 22 miles long (6 Miles Above Patrick Creek to South Fork Road)
Goose Creek, Del Norte County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 5.6 miles long (Saddle Road to South Fork Smith confluence)
Trace Creek, Siskiyou County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Bear Pen Creek to Klamath River)
Illinois River, Josephine / Curry County, 27 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 31 miles long (Miami Bar to Oak Flat)
Illinois River, Josephine County, 29 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (Highway 199 to Miami Bar)
 Ski Areas Near Smith River - Middle Fork:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 84 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Smith River - Middle Fork:
Crescent City Harbor District, Crescent City , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Smith River - Middle Fork:
Crescent Beach, Del Norte , 18 miles away
Wilson Creek Beach, Del Norte , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Smith River - Middle Fork:
Anchor Beach Inn, Crescent City , 19 miles away
Holiday Inn Express KLAMATH - REDWOOD NTL PK AREA, Klamath , 19 miles away
Super 8 Crescent City, Crescent City , 19 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Northwoods Inn, Crescent City , 20 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Redwood Coast, Crescent City , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Smith River - Middle Fork:
Panther Flat, Gasquet, 1 miles away
Grassy Flat Campground - Six Rivers National Forest, Eureka, 2 miles away
Patrick Creek, Gasquet, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Smith River - Middle Fork:
Elk Camp Ridge Trail, Del Norte , 4 miles away, 8.7 hiking miles, 2616 feet elevation difference
French Hill Trail, Del Norte , 4 miles away, 2.2 hiking miles, 2021 feet elevation difference
Paradise Trail, Del Norte , 8 miles away, 7.6 hiking miles, 1561 feet elevation difference
Packsaddle Trail, Curry , 13 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 1548 feet elevation difference
Summit Valley Trail, Del Norte , 14 miles away,  14.8 hiking miles, 3955 feet elevation difference
Chetco Peak Trail, Curry , 15 miles away,  18.8 hiking miles, 860 feet elevation difference
Chetco Divide Trail, Curry , 16 miles away, 14.5 hiking miles, 2742 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Smith River - Middle Fork:
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 18 miles away
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 25 miles away
Six Rivers National Forest, California , 8 miles away
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California , 14 miles away
Smithe Redwoods State Park, California , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Smith River - Middle Fork:
Elk Valley Rancheria, Crescent City , 13 miles away
Del Norte Golf Course, Crescent City , 13 miles away
Kings Valley Golf Course, Crescent City , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Smith River - Middle Fork
Dry Lake, Del Norte , 6 miles away

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