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California whitewater, Big Sur River

Monterey county, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to Motels section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+     4 miles
We are visiting Big Sur from the UK and would like to go white water rafting some time between 10th and 12th July.  Can anyone help?  We need accommodation on 10,11 and 12 July in a cabin. Says Carl Turpin

The wonderful Monterey County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Big Sur River will make you feel great. The starting point is not too far from Salinas, as you can see on the road map further down. The sections for whitewater
    rafting and kayaking here in California are often more challenging than in other states, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Lodging is available
near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you won't find many other paddling spots. This stretch of Big Sur River in California is 4 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II+ section. Whitewater paddling here in the Santa Lucia Range is  
a great experience. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to Motels section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Oak Grove Trail; a day at beautiful Wreck Beach near Big Sur River is a great thing to do. That right there is heaps of exciting things already but it goes on, the Santa Lucia Range has it all. Nearby Pfeiffer Gulch is a great location to go if you're at Big Sur River, and visiting Andrew Molera State Park is a good thing to do.

Big Sur River, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to Motels 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 Sur River.
 Whitewater Near Big Sur River:
Big Sur River, Monterey County, 2 miles away
      Class II+ - 4 miles long (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to Motels)
Little Sur River, Monterey County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Pico Blanco B South Carolina to Highway 1)
Carmel River, Monterey County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 10 miles long (Los Padres Reservoir to Carmel Valley)
Arroyo Seco River, Monterey County, 20 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 3 miles long (Willowcreek Bridge to Arroyo Seco Picnic Area)
Arroyo Seco River, Monterey County, 22 miles away
      Class III - 14.5 miles long (Arroyo Seco Picnic Area to Route G16 bridge)
 Marinas Near Big Sur River:
Kanassky Marina, Carmel , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Big Sur River:
Wreck Beach, Monterey , 1 miles away
Pfeiffer Beach, Monterey , 2 miles away
Sandy Beach, Monterey , 17 miles away
Hidden Beach, Monterey , 17 miles away
Monastery Beach, Monterey , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Sur River:
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur , 2 miles away
Bernardus Lodge And Spa, Carmel Valley , 14 miles away
Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel-by-the-Sea , 14 miles away
Quail Lodge And Golf Club, Carmel-by-the-Sea , 16 miles away
Tally Ho Inn, Carmel-by-the-Sea , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Sur River:
Sawmill Flat Campground, Monterey County, 1 miles away
P B S S P South Campground, Monterey County, 1 miles away
Vado Campground, Monterey County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Big Sur River:
Buzzards Roost Trail, Monterey , 0 miles away, 1.5 hiking miles, 864 feet elevation difference
Oak Grove Trail, Monterey , 1 miles away, 0.6 hiking miles, 204 feet elevation difference
Manuel Peak Trail, Monterey , 2 miles away,  10.8 hiking miles, 3534 feet elevation difference
San Clemente Trail, Monterey , 9 miles away,  7 hiking miles, 714 feet elevation difference
Big Sur Trail, Monterey , 9 miles away,  15.2 hiking miles, 1949 feet elevation difference
Rattlesnake Creek Trail, Monterey , 10 miles away,  7 hiking miles, 1350 feet elevation difference
Carmel River Trail, Monterey , 11 miles away,  29.4 hiking miles, 3023 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Big Sur River:
Pinnacles National Monument, Paicines - CA , 56 miles away
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, California , 1 miles away
Andrew Molera State Park, California , 3 miles away
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, California , 9 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Sur River:
Preserve Golf Club, Carmel , 11 miles away
Golf Club, Carmel , 16 miles away
Tehama Golf Club, Carmel , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Sur River
White Rock Lake, Monterey , 9 miles away

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