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California whitewater, Coyote Creek

Santa Clara county, Gilroy Hot Springs Road to Coyote Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     4.9 miles
  This section of Coyote Creek in Santa Clara County is 4.9 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Santa Clara County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California are harder than the national norm, so keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature will
    have you coming back for more. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are not so many other
good spots for that around here. The Gilroy Hot Springs Road to Coyote Reservoir section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
A delightful location right
next door to Coyote Creek is Dexter Canyon, and while you're here you will meet lots of folks from nearby Gilroy. Henry W. Coe State Park is a good place to stretch your legs a bit. San Juan Bautista State Park is a picturesque location any time of year. At Coyote Creek during the warmest time of the year highs are in the 80's. Through the dark hours of summer temperatures descend down into the 50's. Through the winter highs are in the 50's with temperatures at Coyote Creek dipping down into the 30's throughout winter nights. An average amount of precipitation falls at Coyote Creek.

Coyote Creek, Gilroy Hot Springs Road to Coyote Reservoir 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 Coyote Creek.
 Whitewater Near Coyote Creek:
Coyote Creek, Santa Clara County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 4.9 miles long (Gilroy Hot Springs Road to Coyote Reservoir)
Arroyo Valle River, Santa Clara/ Alameda County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 28 miles long (Mt. Hamilton to Del Valle Reservoir)
Arroyo Hondo River, Santa Clara County, 24 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Kincaid Road to Calaveras Reservoir)
Arroyo Mocho River, Alameda County, 29 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 8 miles long (Above Waterfalls to Mines Road bridge)
 Hotels Near Coyote Creek:
Super 8 Gilroy, Gilroy , 6 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Gilroy , 6 miles away
Days Inn Gilroy, Gilroy , 7 miles away
Best Western Plus Forest Park Inn, Gilroy , 7 miles away
Econo Lodge Gilroy, Gilroy , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Coyote Creek:
Coyote Lake Park, Gilroy, 2 miles away
Gilroy Garlic USA RV Park, Gilroy, 7 miles away
Henry W. Coe State Park, Santa Clara, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Coyote Creek:
Pinnacles National Monument, Paicines - CA , 44 miles away
Henry W. Coe State Park, California , 7 miles away
San Juan Bautista State Park, California , 14 miles away
Fremont Peak State Park, California , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Coyote Creek:
Institute Golf Course, Morgan Hill , 7 miles away
San Martin Driving Range, San Martin , 7 miles away
Gavilan Golf Course, Gilroy , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Coyote Creek
Coyote Lake, Santa Clara , 4 miles away
Anderson Lake, Santa Clara , 10 miles away

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