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California whitewater, Arroyo Hondo River

Santa Clara county, Kincaid Road to Calaveras Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     8 miles
I would never trek here. First it is rattlesnake country.
Second it is so remote that if you got injured it would be hell to get out. Third watch for mountain lions and it is one heck of a hike out of this canyon. Fools delight! Says Gerald Woytus

Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The Kincaid
    Road to Calaveras Reservoir section of Arroyo Hondo River is 8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V section. There's camping available near Arroyo Hondo River. This section is long enough to enjoy
a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. 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. The natural beauty of Santa Clara County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The put-in location is a short drive from San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, if you're not familiar with  
the area there's a road map further down the page. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you won't find a large number of other rivers. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Mount Hamilton love to come to Arroyo Hondo River; Lake Del Valle State Park is a wonderful site to take a look at on a wonderful day. Arroyo Hondo River gets very little rainfall.

Arroyo Hondo River, Kincaid Road to Calaveras Reservoir road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Arroyo Hondo River.
 Whitewater Near Arroyo Hondo River:
Arroyo Hondo River, Santa Clara County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Kincaid Road to Calaveras Reservoir)
Arroyo Mocho River, Alameda County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 8 miles long (Above Waterfalls to Mines Road bridge)
Alameda Creek, Alameda County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 4.3 miles long (Sunol to Niles Junction Close to Fremont)
Arroyo Valle River, Santa Clara/ Alameda County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 28 miles long (Mt. Hamilton to Del Valle Reservoir)
Coyote Creek, Santa Clara County, 27 miles away
      Class II - 4.9 miles long (Gilroy Hot Springs Road to Coyote Reservoir)
 Marinas Near Arroyo Hondo River:
South Bay Yacht Club, Alviso , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Arroyo Hondo River:
Best Western Lanai Garden Inn & Suites, San Jose , 9 miles away
Executive Inn Milpitas, Milpitas , 9 miles away
Embassy Suites By Hilton Milpitas Silicon Valley, Milpitas , 9 miles away
TownePlace Suites Milpitas Silicon Valley, Milpitas , 10 miles away
Courtyard Milpitas Silicon Valley, Milpitas , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Arroyo Hondo River:
Sunol Regional Wilderness, San Jose, 6 miles away
Joseph D.grant Park, Mount Hamilton, 6 miles away
Grant Ranch Park, Mount Hamilton, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Arroyo Hondo River:
Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail, San Francisco - CA , 48 miles away
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco - CA , 50 miles away
Lake Del Valle State Park, California , 8 miles away
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, California , 24 miles away
Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, California , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Arroyo Hondo River:
San Jose Country Club, San Jose , 5 miles away
Spring Valley Golf Course, Milpitas , 6 miles away
Village & Golf Country Club, San Jose , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Arroyo Hondo River
Cherry Flat Reservoir, Santa Clara , 3 miles away
Calaveras Reservoir, Alameda , 5 miles away
Los Alamitos Percolation Ponds, Santa Clara , 14 miles away

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