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California whitewater, Eel River - North Fork

Trinity Mendocino county, Salt Creek to Hulls Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     12 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Ukiah, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The natural beauty of California and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Salt Creek to Hulls Creek stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. This stretch of Eel River - North Fork in Trinity/ Mendocino County is 12 miles long and
    is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV section. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in
your car. Whitewater paddling here in the Coast Ranges is a great experience. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places.  
Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California are harder than the national norm, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
The Ben Duncan Mailbox Trail offers hiking at its best; why not take a refreshing hike along the Ben Arthur Trail. All the outdoors exciting things in the Coast Ranges will keep you coming back repeatedly. For the duration of the long summer days at Eel River - North Fork temperatures are typically in the 80's; during summer nights temperatures are in the 50's.

Eel River - North Fork, Salt Creek to Hulls Creek 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 - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Eel River - North Fork:
Eel River - North Fork, Trinity/ Mendocino County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 12 miles long (Salt Creek to Hulls Creek)
Eel River - North Fork, Trinity/ Mendocino County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Hulls Creek to Mina Road)
Mad River, Trinity County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 5.8 miles long (North and South Fork confluence to Barry Creek Road)
Van Duzen River, Trinity County, 16 miles away
      Class III - 7.2 miles long (West Fork to Senteney Creek)
Trinity River - South Fork, Trinity County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Downstream from Forest Glen)
Mad River, Trinity/ Humboldt County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.2 miles long (Ruth Reservoir to Forest Service Road 5 miles below Highway 36)
Eel River, Mendocino/ Trinity/ Humboldt County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 47 miles long (Dos Rios to Alderpoint)
Eel River - Middle Fork, Mendocino County, 20 miles away
      Class II-V - 32 miles long (Black Butte River to Dos Rios)
Trinity River - South Fork, Trinity/ Humboldt County, 20 miles away
      Class II-V - 64.6 miles long (East Fork to low bridge off South Fork Road)
Tenmile Creek, Mendocino County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Gauge on Highway 101 to South Fork Eel)
 Hotels Near Eel River - North Fork:
Benbow Inn, Garberville , 34 miles away
Humboldt Redwoods Inn, Garberville , 34 miles away
Best Western Plus Humboldt House Inn, Garberville , 34 miles away
Motel Garberville, Garberville , 34 miles away
Super 8 Willits, Willits , 35 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Eel River - North Fork:
Barlow Group, Zenia, 13 miles away
Hobart Creek, Zenia, 14 miles away
Boy Scout Cove, Zenia, 15 miles away
 Trails Near Eel River - North Fork:
Ben Duncan Mailbox Trail, Trinity , 3 miles away, 3.7 hiking miles, 1303 feet elevation difference
Ben Arthur Trail, Trinity , 8 miles away, 7.1 hiking miles, 1839 feet elevation difference
Willow Trail, Trinity , 10 miles away,  10 hiking miles, 1081 feet elevation difference
Morrison Trail, Trinity , 11 miles away,  10.2 hiking miles, 875 feet elevation difference
Rough Gulch Trail, Trinity , 12 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 4155 feet elevation difference
Waterspout Trail, Trinity , 12 miles away, 5.6 hiking miles, 2078 feet elevation difference
Ruth Hayfork Trail, Trinity , 13 miles away, 6.6 hiking miles, 2939 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Eel River - North Fork:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 59 miles away
Standish-Hickey State Recreational Area, California , 32 miles away
Benbow Lake State Park, California , 34 miles away
Richardson Grove State Park, California , 34 miles away

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