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California whitewater, Deer Creek

Tehama county, Highway 32 to Route 99 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     43 miles
  The scenic beauty of Tehama County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Highway 32 to Route 99 stretch of Deer Creek in California is 43 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often tougher than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not
    suitable for beginners. Whitewater paddling here in the Northern Sierra Nevada is a great experience. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. Whether you're whitewater
rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. If you're coming from Red Bluff it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Great  
exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park are nice to take a look at, and there are good spots to explore along the Old Lassen Trail. So many entertaining things in the Northern Sierra Nevada, just tremendous. A fine site to visit close to Deer Creek is Dillion Cove; don't leave Deer Creek without first going for a hike along the Graham Trail.

Deer Creek, Highway 32 to Route 99 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 Deer Creek.
 Whitewater Near Deer Creek:
Antelope Creek, Tehama County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 20 miles long (Hogsback Road to Cone Grove Road)
Battle Creek - South Fork, Tehama County, 16 miles away
      Class II-V(V+) - 11.5 miles long (Close to Ponderosa Way to Manton Road)
Butte Creek, Butte County, 17 miles away
      Class II+ - 6 miles long (PGandE Powerhouse to Covered Bridge)
Deer Creek, Tehama County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 43 miles long (Highway 32 to Route 99)
Battle Creek, Shasta / Tehama County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 13 miles long (Manton Road)
Big Kimshew Creek, Butte County, 22 miles away
      Class V - -blank- miles long (to Confluence with West Fork of Feather)
Mill Creek, Tehama County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 43 miles long (Town of Mill Creek to First Diversion Dam)
Bear Creek, Shasta County, 27 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 9.5 miles long (Hydro to Highway 44)
Feather River - North Fork, Butte County, 28 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.5 miles long (Poe Dam to Poe Powerhouse)
 Ski Areas Near Deer Creek:
Mount Shasta, California , 72 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Deer Creek:
Best Western Heritage Inn - Chico, Chico , 17 miles away
Super 8 Chico, Chico , 17 miles away
Ramada Plaza Chico, Chico , 17 miles away
Safari Inn, Chico , 17 miles away
Hotel Diamond Chico, Chico , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deer Creek:
Black Rock Campground, Tehama County, 8 miles away
South Antelope Campground, Tehama County, 10 miles away
Soda Springs Campground, Butte County, 14 miles away
 Trails Near Deer Creek:
Old Lassen Trail, Tehama , 3 miles away,  14 hiking miles, 2089 feet elevation difference
Graham Trail, Tehama , 3 miles away,  3.2 hiking miles, 1422 feet elevation difference
Murphy Trail, Tehama , 9 miles away,  3.6 hiking miles, 2025 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Deer Creek:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 22 miles away
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 65 miles away
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park, California , 15 miles away
Bidwell Mansion State Park, California , 18 miles away
Woodson Bridge State Park, California , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Deer Creek:
Bidwell Park Golf Course, Chico , 16 miles away
Sunset Hills Golf Course, Chico , 16 miles away
Canyon Oaks Country Club, Chico , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Deer Creek
Horseshoe Lake, Butte , 16 miles away
Lake De Sabla, Butte , 16 miles away

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