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California whitewater, Eel River - South Fork

Mendocino county, Big Bend to Piercy section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     21 miles
  The wonderful Mendocino County scenery and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. The Big Bend to Piercy section of Eel River - South Fork in Mendocino County is 21 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. 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. The campgrounds here at Eel River - South Fork are pretty good. This river system is full of great paddling stretches,
the Big Bend to Piercy stretch is just one of them. The put-in location is a short drive from Ukiah, as you can see on the road map further down. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. The wild scenery of the Coast Ranges is great. Since you're on this site you are probably into  
whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Eel River - South Fork there are plenty of people from Piercy, and Mill Creek Falls is a wonderful local attraction. That right there is a heap of enjoyable things already but it goes on, the Coast Ranges has it all. Enjoy a lazy day on the beach at Wages Creek Beach. Richardson Grove State Park is a great location to have a look at on a beautiful day. Some fine nature is available in Frank and Bess Smithe Redwood Grove. A trip to Standish-Hickey State Recreational Area when you're here at Eel River - South Fork is never a bad idea, and if you feel like a little side visit, try Windy Gap.

Eel River - South Fork, Big Bend to Piercy 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 - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Eel River - South Fork:
Eel River - South Fork, Mendocino County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 21 miles long (Big Bend to Piercy)
Rattlesnake Creek, Mendocino County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (US 101 to Big Bend)
Eel River - South Fork, Mendocino County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.5 miles long (Close to Branscomb to Big Bend)
Tenmile Creek, Mendocino County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Gauge on Highway 101 to South Fork Eel)
Mattole River, Humboldt County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 27.2 miles long (Shelter Cove Road to Honeydew)
Eel River, Humboldt County, 28 miles away
      Class II - 22.1 miles long (South Fork Eel to Rio Dell)
Noyo River, Mendocino County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 20 miles long (Northspur to Fort Bragg)
Eel River, Mendocino/ Trinity/ Humboldt County, 28 miles away
      Class II-IV - 47 miles long (Dos Rios to Alderpoint)
Van Duzen River, Trinity County, 29 miles away
      Class III - 7.2 miles long (West Fork to Senteney Creek)
 Beaches Near Eel River - South Fork:
Wages Creek Beach, Mendocino , 13 miles away
Seaside Creek Beach, Mendocino , 18 miles away
Ten Mile Beach, Mendocino , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Eel River - South Fork:
Benbow Inn, Garberville , 10 miles away
Motel Garberville, Garberville , 12 miles away
Humboldt Redwoods Inn, Garberville , 12 miles away
Best Western Plus Humboldt House Inn, Garberville , 12 miles away
Mendocino Hotel And Garden Sui, Mendocino , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Eel River - South Fork:
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area, Mendocino, 1 miles away
Hickey Campground, Mendocino County, 1 miles away
Redwoods River Resort and Campground, Leggett, 1 miles away
 Public Lands Near Eel River - South Fork:
Standish-Hickey State Recreational Area, California , 1 miles away
Richardson Grove State Park, California , 8 miles away
Benbow Lake State Park, California , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Eel River - South Fork:
Benbow Valley RV Resort & Golf Course, Garberville , 10 miles away

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