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California whitewater, Butte Creek

Butte county, PGandE Powerhouse to Covered Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+     6 miles
  The PGandE Powerhouse to Covered Bridge section of Butte Creek in Butte County is 6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II+ section. If you're coming from Chico it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people.
    The wonderful California scenery and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking,
either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. The beauty of the Northern Sierra Nevada is a great plus for this river. The PGandE Powerhouse to Covered Bridge section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. There are some good hotels near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking  
here in California are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving.

Briefly about the general area:
The beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Carson Spring. Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park is both tremendous and picturesque, and it's close to Butte Creek, and Butte Creek is not far at all from Paradise. This is such a great river. Butte Creek is close to Bidwell Mansion State Park which is a delightful place. From a rainfall point of view Butte Creek is a rather normal place. January is the wettest month with most rain while July is typically the driest month.

Butte Creek, PGandE Powerhouse to Covered Bridge 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 Butte Creek.
 Whitewater Near Butte Creek:
Butte Creek, Butte County, 2 miles away
      Class II+ - 6 miles long (PGandE Powerhouse to Covered Bridge)
Big Kimshew Creek, Butte County, 14 miles away
      Class V - -blank- miles long (to Confluence with West Fork of Feather)
Feather River - North Fork, Butte County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (Poe Dam to Poe Powerhouse)
Feather River - North Fork, Plumas/ Butte County, 22 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.5 miles long (Cresta Dam to Poe Dam)
Deer Creek, Tehama County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V - 43 miles long (Highway 32 to Route 99)
Feather River - Middle Fork, Plumas/ Butte County, 28 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.5 miles long (Milsap Bridge to Lake Oroville)
Antelope Creek, Tehama County, 29 miles away
      Class III-IV - 20 miles long (Hogsback Road to Cone Grove Road)
 Ski Areas Near Butte Creek:
Mount Shasta, California , 91 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Soda Springs, California , 93 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Boreal, California , 95 miles away, 500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 41 runs
Sugar Bowl, California , 96 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 13 lifts, 85 runs
Donner Ski Ranch, California , 96 miles away, 750 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
 Marinas Near Butte Creek:
Lake Oroville Marina, Paradise , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Butte Creek:
Comfort Inn Paradise, Paradise , 5 miles away
Residence Inn Chico, Chico , 9 miles away
Courtyard Chico, Chico , 9 miles away
Rodeway Inn Chico, Chico , 10 miles away
Quality Inn Near Chico State, Chico , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Butte Creek:
Butte Creek Recreation Area, Magalia, 4 miles away
Paradise Trailer Park, Paradise, 4 miles away
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, Butte City, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Butte Creek:
Graham Trail, Tehama , 17 miles away,  3.2 hiking miles, 1422 feet elevation difference
Murphy Trail, Tehama , 18 miles away,  3.6 hiking miles, 2025 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Butte Creek:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 33 miles away
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park, California , 6 miles away
Bidwell Mansion State Park, California , 11 miles away
Lake Oroville State Park, California , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Butte Creek:
Lava Creek Golf Course, Paradise , 5 miles away
Paradise Pines Golf Club, Magalia , 6 miles away
Bidwell Park Golf Course, Chico , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Butte Creek
Horseshoe Lake, Butte , 7 miles away
Lake De Sabla, Butte , 8 miles away
Concow Reservoir, Butte , 11 miles away

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