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California whitewater, Big Sulphur Creek

Lake county, Iron Bridge to washed-out crossing section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     9 miles
  The nature scenery of California and the playfulness of the water beats anything. 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 lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The starting location is a short drive from Clearlake, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Great exercise and just being
    out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. The Iron Bridge to washed-out crossing stretch of Big Sulphur Creek is 9 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V section of whitewater. This
river system has a few good paddling sections and the Iron Bridge to washed-out crossing section is one of them. The Coast Ranges scenery is wonderful. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of spots for that. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but you'd better reserve in advance  
because these hotels fill up quick. The campgrounds here at Big Sulphur Creek are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Cadd Fire Trail, and you can spend the day on the beach at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach. Be careful coming to the Coast Ranges, you might not ever wanna go home again. The good people of Cloverdale like to hang out close by; a spree here wouldn’t be complete without a trip to nearby Clear Lake State Park. A river like this is too good to miss. A great deal of precipitation falls at Big Sulphur Creek. For the duration of the month of January you get the most rain around here while July is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Big Sulphur Creek, Iron Bridge to washed-out crossing 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 Big Sulphur Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Sulphur Creek:
Big Sulphur Creek, Lake County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9 miles long (Iron Bridge to washed-out crossing)
Little Sulphur Creek, Sonoma County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 11 miles long (Healdsburg-Geyserville Road to Big Sulphur Creek)
Russian River, Mendocino/ Sonoma County, 10 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8.4 miles long (Pieta Creek to 101 Bridge)
Big Sulphur Creek, Lake County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.6 miles long (Close to Geysers to Iron Bridge)
Mark West Creek, Sonoma County, 21 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Mark West Lodge to Mark West Road)
Rancheria Creek, Mendocino County, 25 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 13 miles long (Fish Rock Road to Mountain View Road)
Putah Creek, Lake/ Napa County, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V - 16 miles long (Highway 29 to Lake Berryessa)
Russian River - East Fork, Mendocino County, 26 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 2.6 miles long (Falls to Lake Mendocino)
Russian River, Mendocino County, 28 miles away
      Class II - 8.8 miles long (Calpella to Ukiah)
Cache Creek, Lake / Yolo County, 29 miles away
      Class II(III) - 18 miles long (Highway 20 to Bear Creek Confluence)
 Marinas Near Big Sulphur Creek:
Lake Sonoma Resort Area, Geyserville , 9 miles away
Konocti Vista Casino Resort and Marina, Finley , 11 miles away
Holiday Harbor RV Park and Marina, Nice , 17 miles away
Aurora RV Park and Marina, Nice , 17 miles away
Riviera Marina, Kelseyville , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Big Sulphur Creek:
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Sonoma , 13 miles away
Laurel Beach, Lake , 17 miles away
Indian Beach, Lake , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Sulphur Creek:
Old Crocker Inn, Cloverdale , 3 miles away
Auberge On The Vineyard, Cloverdale , 4 miles away
Cloverdale Oaks Inn, Cloverdale , 5 miles away
Super 8 Cloverdale, Cloverdale , 6 miles away
Geyserville Inn, Geyserville , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Sulphur Creek:
Cloverdale KOA Camping Resort, Cloverdale, 4 miles away
Cloverdale KOA, Cloverdale, 5 miles away
Naco West, Cloverdale, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Big Sulphur Creek:
Cadd Fire Trail, Sonoma , 11 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 640 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Big Sulphur Creek:
Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes - CA , 42 miles away
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley - CA , 56 miles away
Clear Lake State Park, California , 14 miles away
Armstrong Redwoods State Park, California , 16 miles away
Austin Creek State Park, California , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Sulphur Creek:
Tayman Park Golf Course, Healdsburg , 13 miles away
Cobb Meadow Golf Club, Kelseyville , 14 miles away
Adams Springs Golf Course, Kelseyville , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Sulphur Creek
Highland Springs Reservoir, Lake , 7 miles away
Lake Sonoma, Sonoma , 7 miles away
Clear Lake, Lake , 15 miles away

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