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California whitewater, Van Duzen River

Trinity county, West Fork to Senteney Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     7.2 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The West Fork to Senteney Creek stretch of Van Duzen River in Trinity County is 7.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III section. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. The scenic beauty of California and the cool fresh
    water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the West Fork to Senteney Creek stretch is one of them. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but
you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The wild scenery of the Coast Ranges is great. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip. For all you camping people there  
are campgrounds nearby. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Ruth Hayfork Trail, and lots of folks from Zenia come here. There's no way someone can get bored here in the Coast Ranges. Coon Gulch is close to Van Duzen River and is unquestionably a good place to stop at, and don't leave Van Duzen River without first going for a hike along the Ben Arthur Trail. This river is so great. You should absolutely pop by Red Rock while you're here at Van Duzen River.

Van Duzen River, West Fork to Senteney Creek 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 Van Duzen River.
 Whitewater Near Van Duzen River:
Van Duzen River, Trinity County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 7.2 miles long (West Fork to Senteney Creek)
Mad River, Trinity/ Humboldt County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.2 miles long (Ruth Reservoir to Forest Service Road 5 miles below Highway 36)
Trinity River - South Fork, Trinity/ Humboldt County, 7 miles away
      Class II-V - 64.6 miles long (East Fork to low bridge off South Fork Road)
Trinity River - South Fork, Trinity County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Downstream from Forest Glen)
Eel River - North Fork, Trinity/ Mendocino County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 12 miles long (Salt Creek to Hulls Creek)
Mad River, Trinity County, 20 miles away
      Class III - 5.8 miles long (North and South Fork confluence to Barry Creek Road)
Hayfork Creek, Trinity County, 20 miles away
      Class III-V - 12.7 miles long (Gemmil Gulch Picnic Ground to Carr Creek)
Hayfork Creek, Trinity County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 21 miles long (3 miles West of Hayfork to Hyampom)
Eel River - North Fork, Trinity/ Mendocino County, 23 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Hulls Creek to Mina Road)
Trinity River, Trinity County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 10 miles long (Cedar Flat to Hawkins Bar)
 Hotels Near Van Duzen River:
Dean Creek Resort, Redway , 25 miles away
Humboldt Redwoods Inn, Garberville , 25 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Humboldt House Inn, Garberville , 25 miles away
Motel Garberville, Garberville , 25 miles away
Benbow Inn, Garberville , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Van Duzen River:
Mad River, Mad River, 4 miles away
Watts Lake, Zenia, 5 miles away
Fir Cove Campground, Trinity County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Van Duzen River:
Ben Arthur Trail, Trinity , 11 miles away, 7.1 hiking miles, 1839 feet elevation difference
Ruth Hayfork Trail, Trinity , 11 miles away, 6.6 hiking miles, 2939 feet elevation difference
County Line Trail, Humboldt , 14 miles away, 2.7 hiking miles, 3397 feet elevation difference
Blake Trail, Humboldt , 16 miles away, 4.5 hiking miles, 3420 feet elevation difference
Rough Gulch Trail, Trinity , 16 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 4155 feet elevation difference
Ben Duncan Mailbox Trail, Trinity , 17 miles away, 3.7 hiking miles, 1303 feet elevation difference
Pilot Ridge Trail, Humboldt , 17 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 735 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Van Duzen River:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 64 miles away
Benbow Lake State Park, California , 26 miles away
Richardson Grove State Park, California , 27 miles away
Standish-Hickey State Recreational Area, California , 30 miles away

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