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California whitewater, Eel River

Mendocino Trinity Humboldt county, Dos Rios to Alderpoint section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     47 miles
Last year on new years eve we put in Dos Rios 1300cfs on day two the river came to life 20000 cfs. What an awesome way to spend the New Year. Says J.B.

I want to take a small group down the river from Dos Rios to Alderpoint, but due to physical issues for some of the party, need to be able to get very close to river with 4 wheel access.† Can I pay someone who lives close to the river an access fee to launch our equipment?†† Says

Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The put-in is not too far from Ukiah,
please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. The scenic beauty of Mendocino/ Trinity/ Humboldt County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. 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. The campgrounds here at Eel River are pretty good. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. The beauty of the Coast Ranges is a great plus for this river. This section of Eel River is 47 miles long and is a class II-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Eel River without first going for a hike along the Ben Duncan Mailbox Trail.

Eel River, Dos Rios to Alderpoint 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 Eel River.
 Whitewater Near Eel River:
Tenmile Creek, Mendocino County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Gauge on Highway 101 to South Fork Eel)
Rattlesnake Creek, Mendocino County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (US 101 to Big Bend)
Eel River - North Fork, Trinity/ Mendocino County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 12 miles long (Salt Creek to Hulls Creek)
Eel River - North Fork, Trinity/ Mendocino County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Hulls Creek to Mina Road)
Eel River - South Fork, Mendocino County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 21 miles long (Big Bend to Piercy)
Eel River, Mendocino/ Trinity/ Humboldt County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 47 miles long (Dos Rios to Alderpoint)
Eel River - South Fork, Mendocino County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.5 miles long (Close to Branscomb to Big Bend)
Van Duzen River, Trinity County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 7.2 miles long (West Fork to Senteney Creek)
Mad River, Trinity County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 5.8 miles long (North and South Fork confluence to Barry Creek Road)
Mad River, Trinity/ Humboldt County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.2 miles long (Ruth Reservoir to Forest Service Road 5 miles below Highway 36)
 Hotels Near Eel River:
Benbow Inn, Garberville , 22 miles away
Humboldt Redwoods Inn, Garberville , 23 miles away
Motel Garberville, Garberville , 23 miles away
Best Western Plus Humboldt House Inn, Garberville , 23 miles away
Coast Inn And Spa, Fort Bragg , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Eel River:
Watts Lake, Zenia, 16 miles away
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area - Rock Creek, Piercy, 17 miles away
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area - Redwood, Piercy, 17 miles away
 Trails Near Eel River:
Ben Duncan Mailbox Trail, Trinity , 11 miles away, 3.7 hiking miles, 1303 feet elevation difference
Ben Arthur Trail, Trinity , 16 miles away, 7.1 hiking miles, 1839 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Eel River:
Standish-Hickey State Recreational Area, California , 18 miles away
Richardson Grove State Park, California , 22 miles away
Benbow Lake State Park, California , 22 miles away

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