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California whitewater, Arroyo Valle River

Santa Clara Alameda county, Mt. Hamilton to Del Valle Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     28 miles
  The Mt. Hamilton to Del Valle Reservoir stretch of Arroyo Valle River in Santa Clara/ Alameda County is 28 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV section. The starting location is a reasonable drive from San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you won't
    find many other paddling places. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. If you've
been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Mt. Hamilton to Del Valle Reservoir stretch is just one of many. The wonderful California scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Arroyo Valle River attract people from near and far.  
This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your sleeping bag. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like Lake Del Valle State Park are nice to pop by, and do put some time aside to spend at McGlinchey Spring if you're here at Arroyo Valle River. This is a popular place for folks from Mount Hamilton. Arroyo Valle River is pretty dried up usually. Most of the rain falls through January, and the driest month is July. Summertime highs at Arroyo Valle River generally tend to be in the 80's. Through the moonlight hours it's regularly in the 60's.

Arroyo Valle River, Mt. Hamilton to Del Valle 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 Valle River.
 Whitewater Near Arroyo Valle River:
Arroyo Hondo River, Santa Clara County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Kincaid Road to Calaveras Reservoir)
Arroyo Mocho River, Alameda County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 8 miles long (Above Waterfalls to Mines Road bridge)
Arroyo Valle River, Santa Clara/ Alameda County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 28 miles long (Mt. Hamilton to Del Valle Reservoir)
Alameda Creek, Alameda County, 20 miles away
      Class III - 4.3 miles long (Sunol to Niles Junction Close to Fremont)
Coyote Creek, Santa Clara County, 23 miles away
      Class II - 4.9 miles long (Gilroy Hot Springs Road to Coyote Reservoir)
 Hotels Near Arroyo Valle River:
The Purple Orchid Wine Country, Livermore , 12 miles away
La Quinta Inn Livermore, Livermore , 15 miles away
Best Western Plus Vineyard Inn, Livermore , 15 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Livermore , 15 miles away
DoubleTree By Hilton Livermore, Livermore , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Arroyo Valle River:
Del Valle Regional Park - Little Chapparal Equestrian, Livermore, 7 miles away
Del Valle Regional Park - Family, Livermore, 7 miles away
Del Valle Regional Park - Caballo Loco Group Equestrian, Livermore, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Arroyo Valle River:
Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail, San Francisco - CA , 57 miles away
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco - CA , 58 miles away
Lake Del Valle State Park, California , 8 miles away
Henry W. Coe State Park, California , 19 miles away
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, California , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Arroyo Valle River:
Poppy Ridge Golf Course, Livermore , 12 miles away
The Course At Wente Vineyards, Livermore , 13 miles away
Village & Golf Country Club, San Jose , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Arroyo Valle River
Cherry Flat Reservoir, Santa Clara , 10 miles away
Calaveras Reservoir, Alameda , 13 miles away
Anderson Lake, Santa Clara , 16 miles away

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