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California whitewater, Bear Creek

Shasta county, Hydro to Highway 44 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV(V+)     9.5 miles
  The natural beauty of Shasta County and the cool fresh water beats anything. The starting location is a short drive from Redding, as you can see on the road map further down. The Hydro to Highway 44 section of Bear Creek in California is 9.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV(V+) section. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. This stretch
    has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The nearby hotels
are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with not too many other spots for that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California tend to be more challenging than the national average, so don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. The Southern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful.

Briefly about the general
A splendid spot close to Bear Creek is Townsend Gulch, and at Bear Creek you always meet someone from Millville. Having a nice time in the Southern Cascade Range is easy. Bear Creek is a good spot of normal rain. The month with most of the rain is January while July is usually the driest month. Through the summer months here at Bear Creek, high temperatures regularly reach the 90's. Summer night lows descend down to the 60's. Throughout the winter highs are mostly in the 50's with temperatures at Bear Creek dipping down into the 30's through winter nights.

Bear Creek, Hydro to Highway 44 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:
Bear Creek, Shasta County, 5 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 9.5 miles long (Hydro to Highway 44)
Battle Creek, Shasta / Tehama County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 13 miles long (Manton Road)
Battle Creek - South Fork, Tehama County, 18 miles away
      Class II-V(V+) - 11.5 miles long (Close to Ponderosa Way to Manton Road)
Antelope Creek, Tehama County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 20 miles long (Hogsback Road to Cone Grove Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - North Country Raft Rental, Shasta County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Pit River, Shasta County, 27 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse)
 Ski Areas Near Bear Creek:
Mount Shasta, California , 43 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 94 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Bear Creek:
Silverthorn Resort-Marina, Redding , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Bear Creek:
Best Western Anderson Inn, Anderson , 18 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Anderson, Anderson , 18 miles away
Gaia Hotel & Spa Redding, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Anderson , 19 miles away
Super 8 Redding, Redding , 22 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Redding, Redding , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bear Creek:
South Cow Creek Campground, Shasta County, 13 miles away
Reading Island Group, Anderson, 13 miles away
Arbuckle Flat Campground, Shasta County, 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bear Creek:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 34 miles away
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 40 miles away
Woodson Bridge State Park, California , 33 miles away
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, California , 37 miles away
Castle Crags State Park, California , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bear Creek:
Palo Cedro Golf Course, Palo Cedro , 13 miles away
Churn Creek Golf Course, Redding , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Bear Creek
Hog Lake, Tehama , 14 miles away
Pit 7 Reservoir, Shasta , 17 miles away

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