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California whitewater, Bear Creek

Lake county, Close to Wilbur Hot Springs to Cache Creek ConFork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     12 miles
Bear Creek is in Colusa County, NOT Lake County. Says Bruce

This stretch of Bear Creek is 12 miles long and it is classified as a class IV section by American Whitewater. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. The
    put-in is not too far from Clearlake, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming
here. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are not so many other good places for that around here. The wonderful Lake County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Bear Creek make the trip here worthwhile.

Briefly about the general area:
While staying
at Bear Creek you could always discover Eula Canyon. The yearly rainfall here at Bear Creek is about average. For the period of January this area sees the most rain, and July is the month with the least moisture. Through the months of summer, highs ordinarily are in the 90's at Bear Creek; during summer nights temperatures are in the 50's. All through the winter highs are in the 50's with winter lows in the 30's overnight here at Bear Creek.

Bear Creek, Close to Wilbur Hot Springs to Cache Creek ConFork 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 Bear Creek.
 Whitewater Near Bear Creek:
Cache Creek, Yolo County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 9 miles long (Bear Creek Confluence to Rumsey)
Bear Creek, Lake County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 12 miles long (Close to Wilbur Hot Springs to Cache Creek ConFork)
Cache Creek, Lake / Yolo County, 12 miles away
      Class II(III) - 18 miles long (Highway 20 to Bear Creek Confluence)
Putah Creek, Lake/ Napa County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 16 miles long (Highway 29 to Lake Berryessa)
Napa River, Napa County, 26 miles away
      Class III - 18 miles long (St. Helena to Napa)
Stony Creek, Colusa / Glenn County, 28 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Mill Creek to Diversion Dam)
 Marinas Near Bear Creek:
Austin's Campground and Marina, Clearlake , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Bear Creek:
Econo Lodge Williams, Williams , 18 miles away
Best Western El Grande Inn, Clearlake , 18 miles away
Travelodge Clearlake, Clearlake , 18 miles away
Ramada Williams, Williams , 18 miles away
Clear Lake Cottages Marina, Clearlake , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bear Creek:
Cowboy Camp Horse Camp Ground, Rumsey, 1 miles away
Cache Creek Canyon County Park, Rumsey, 5 miles away
Knoxville Recreation Area - Cedar Creek, Pope Valley, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bear Creek:
Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes - CA , 58 miles away
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley - CA , 60 miles away
Anderson Marsh State Park, California , 18 miles away
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, California , 25 miles away
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, California , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bear Creek:
Arbuckle Golf Club, Arbuckle , 16 miles away
Aetna Springs Golf Course, Pope Valley , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Bear Creek
Indian Valley Reservoir, Lake , 13 miles away
Hidden Valley Lake, Lake , 16 miles away
Duvall Lake, Napa , 19 miles away

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