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California whitewater, Eel River - Middle Fork

Mendocino county, Black Butte River to Dos Rios section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-V     32 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Ukiah, as you can see on the road map further down. The wonderful California scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. The Coast Ranges scenery is wonderful. 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. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There's camping available near Eel River - Middle Fork. You might be into whitewater
rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This stretch of Eel River - Middle Fork in California is 32 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-V section of whitewater. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Black Butte River to Dos Rios section is just one of them. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might  
find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so better not forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving.

Briefly about the general area:
A tour to Mud Spring will fill your soul with glorious feelings; you're sure to stumble upon some great people from Covelo here. Not enough hours in a day to enjoy the Coast Ranges. All the water falling down from the sky makes Eel River - Middle Fork a wet location. Through the month of January you get the most rain around here, and the driest month is July. During the days of summer at Eel River - Middle Fork highs are regularly in the 90's; the nighttime is a little colder of course, commonly in the 50's.

Eel River - Middle Fork, Black Butte River to Dos Rios 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 - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near Eel River - Middle Fork:
Eel River, Mendocino/ Trinity/ Humboldt County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 47 miles long (Dos Rios to Alderpoint)
Eel River - Middle Fork, Mendocino County, 10 miles away
      Class II-V - 32 miles long (Black Butte River to Dos Rios)
Eel River - North Fork, Trinity/ Mendocino County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Hulls Creek to Mina Road)
Tomki Creek, Mendocino County, 17 miles away
      Class III - 9.3 miles long (Hearst Road to Eel River)
Outlet Creek, Mendocino County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.2 miles long (Highway 101 bridge to Highway 162)
Eel River - North Fork, Trinity/ Mendocino County, 20 miles away
      Class IV - 12 miles long (Salt Creek to Hulls Creek)
Mad River, Trinity County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 5.8 miles long (North and South Fork confluence to Barry Creek Road)
Eel River, Mendocino County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 35 miles long (Van Arsdale Dam to Dos Rios)
Tenmile Creek, Mendocino County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Gauge on Highway 101 to South Fork Eel)
Eel River, Lake County, 26 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.7 miles long (Lake Pillsbury to Bucknell Creek)
 Hotels Near Eel River - Middle Fork:
Super 8 Willits, Willits , 22 miles away
Lark Motel, Willits , 22 miles away
Baechtel Creek Inn, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Willits , 22 miles away
Best Western Willits Inn, Willits , 22 miles away
Coast Inn And Spa, Fort Bragg , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Eel River - Middle Fork:
Eel River Campground, Mendocino County, 10 miles away
Boardman Ridge Campground, Mendocino County, 15 miles away
Grizzly Flat Dispersed, Covelo, 15 miles away
 Trails Near Eel River - Middle Fork:
Morrison Trail, Trinity , 16 miles away,  10.2 hiking miles, 875 feet elevation difference
Wrights Valley Trail, Trinity , 17 miles away,  9.4 hiking miles, 1472 feet elevation difference
Willow Trail, Trinity , 17 miles away,  10 hiking miles, 1081 feet elevation difference
Ben Duncan Mailbox Trail, Trinity , 18 miles away, 3.7 hiking miles, 1303 feet elevation difference
Haynes Delight Trail, Trinity , 19 miles away,  12.6 hiking miles, 1310 feet elevation difference
Buck Ridge Trail, Trinity , 19 miles away, 10.6 hiking miles, 3052 feet elevation difference
Yellowjacket Trail, Trinity , 19 miles away,  9.6 hiking miles, 1508 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Eel River - Middle Fork:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 66 miles away
Mendocino National Forest, California , 26 miles away
Montgomery Woods State Park, California , 31 miles away
Standish-Hickey State Recreational Area, California , 36 miles away
 Lakes Near Eel River - Middle Fork
Hammerhorn Lake, Mendocino , 19 miles away

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