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California whitewater, Smith River - North Fork

Del Norte county, Low Divide Road to Gasquet section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-V     13 miles
  The scenic beauty of Del Norte County and the water flowing gracefully down Smith River - North Fork have people coming here. This section of Smith River - North Fork is 13 miles long and has been rated as a class III-V section by American Whitewater. If you're coming from Crescent City North it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Low Divide Road to Gasquet
    section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. The river winds through the Coast Ranges and you
get great scenery. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. The  
average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving.

Briefly about the general area:
A visit to Six Rivers National Forest when you're here at Smith River - North Fork is a delightful idea, and Peridotite Canyon is another magnificent site to take a look at nearby. If you want a magnificent time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Coast Ranges. Smith River - North Fork is right by the French Hill Trail, and Smith River - North Fork is a spot with many visitors from Gasquet.

Smith River - North Fork, Low Divide Road to Gasquet 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 Smith River - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Smith River - North Fork:
Smith River - North Fork, Del Norte County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 13 miles long (Low Divide Road to Gasquet)
Hurdygurdy Creek, Del Norte County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Bear Basin Road to Big Flat Road)
Smith River - South Fork, Del Norte County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 13 miles long (Big Flat Campground to confluence with Middle Fork)
Smith River - Middle Fork, Del Norte County, 14 miles away
      Class II-V - 22 miles long (6 Miles Above Patrick Creek to South Fork Road)
Goose Creek, Del Norte County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 5.6 miles long (Saddle Road to South Fork Smith confluence)
Trace Creek, Siskiyou County, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Bear Pen Creek to Klamath River)
Illinois River, Josephine / Curry County, 26 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 31 miles long (Miami Bar to Oak Flat)
 Ski Areas Near Smith River - North Fork:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 87 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Smith River - North Fork:
Crescent City Harbor District, Crescent City , 17 miles away
 Beaches Near Smith River - North Fork:
Crescent Beach, Del Norte , 16 miles away
Kellogg Road Beach, Del Norte , 17 miles away
Wilson Creek Beach, Del Norte , 19 miles away
Pebble Beach, Del Norte , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Smith River - North Fork:
Anchor Beach Inn, Crescent City , 16 miles away
Super 8 Crescent City, Crescent City , 17 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Northwoods Inn, Crescent City , 17 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Redwood Coast, Crescent City , 17 miles away
Econo Lodge Crescent City, Crescent City , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Smith River - North Fork:
North Fork - Six Rivers, Gasquet, 3 miles away
Panther Flat, Gasquet, 4 miles away
Sourdough Camp, Gasquet, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Smith River - North Fork:
French Hill Trail, Del Norte , 4 miles away, 2.2 hiking miles, 2021 feet elevation difference
Elk Camp Ridge Trail, Del Norte , 5 miles away, 8.7 hiking miles, 2616 feet elevation difference
Packsaddle Trail, Curry , 9 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 1548 feet elevation difference
Paradise Trail, Del Norte , 9 miles away, 7.6 hiking miles, 1561 feet elevation difference
Chetco Peak Trail, Curry , 12 miles away,  18.8 hiking miles, 860 feet elevation difference
Chetco Divide Trail, Curry , 15 miles away, 14.5 hiking miles, 2742 feet elevation difference
Upper Chetco Trail, Curry , 18 miles away, 16.7 hiking miles, 3391 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Smith River - North Fork:
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 16 miles away
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 26 miles away
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California , 11 miles away
Six Rivers National Forest, California , 12 miles away
Smithe Redwoods State Park, California , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Smith River - North Fork:
Del Norte Golf Course, Crescent City , 11 miles away
Kings Valley Golf Course, Crescent City , 13 miles away
Elk Valley Rancheria, Crescent City , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Smith River - North Fork
Dry Lake, Del Norte , 11 miles away

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