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California whitewater, Thomes Creek

Tehama county, Above Paskenta section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V+     22 miles
  The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The put-in is not too far from Red Bluff, as you can see on the road map further down. The wild scenery of the Klamath Mountains is great. The beautiful scenery of California and the water flowing gracefully down Thomes Creek are reasons enough to come
    here and paddle. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This stretch of Thomes Creek in California is 22 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V+ section by American Whitewater. If you have
the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too. The Above Paskenta stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Some people  
prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Thomes Creek without visiting Mendocino National Forest, and you can have a fine hiking adventure along the Buttermilk Trail. Just can't get enough of the Klamath Mountains. A tour to Whiskey Saddle is always fun; while you're here you can take a hike along the Lanyan Trail. This river is a wonderful place to visit. The beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Government Spring. Summertime highs at Thomes Creek mostly tend to be in the 90's.

Thomes Creek, Above Paskenta 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 Thomes Creek.
 Whitewater Near Thomes Creek:
Grindstone Creek, Glenn County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Grindstone Road to Road 306)
Thomes Creek, Tehama County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 22 miles long (Above Paskenta)
Elder Creek, Tehama County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 17.2 miles long (Lowrey Road to Paskenta Road)
Cottonwood Creek - South Fork, Tehama County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Pettyjohn Road to Highway 36)
Stony Creek, Colusa / Glenn County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 6.6 miles long (Stony Gorge Reservoir to Grindstone Creek)
Black Butte River, Glenn / Mendocino County, 19 miles away
      Class IV+ - 24 miles long (Headwaters at Basin to Middle Fork Eel)
Eel River, Lake County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Horse Creek to Lake Pillsbury)
Eel River - Middle Fork, Mendocino County, 28 miles away
      Class II-V - 32 miles long (Black Butte River to Dos Rios)
Cottonwood Creek - Middle Fork, Shasta/ Tehama County, 28 miles away
      Class III - 23.5 miles long (Platina Road to North Fork)
Stony Creek, Colusa / Glenn County, 28 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Mill Creek to Diversion Dam)
 Ski Areas Near Thomes Creek:
Mount Shasta, California , 83 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Thomes Creek:
The Inn At Rolling Hills, Corning , 34 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites CORNING, Corning , 34 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Corning Inn, Corning , 34 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Corning, Corning , 34 miles away
Super 8 Corning, Corning , 34 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Thomes Creek:
Whitlock Campground, Tehama County, 2 miles away
Mud Flat Campground, Tehama County, 3 miles away
Rocky Cabin, Paskenta, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Thomes Creek:
Buttermilk Trail, Tehama , 14 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 1097 feet elevation difference
Lanyan Trail, Tehama , 14 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 783 feet elevation difference
Ides Cove National Recreation Trail, Tehama , 16 miles away, 12 hiking miles, 1863 feet elevation difference
South Fork Cottonwood Trail, Tehama , 19 miles away, 18.8 hiking miles, 4456 feet elevation difference
Lazyman Butte Trail, Tehama , 20 miles away,  24 hiking miles, 3886 feet elevation difference
Long Ridge Trail, Tehama , 20 miles away,  8.8 hiking miles, 3044 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Thomes Creek:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 44 miles away
Mendocino National Forest, California , 14 miles away

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