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California whitewater, Elder Creek

Tehama county, Lowrey Road to Paskenta Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     17.2 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Red Bluff, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. The natural beauty of Tehama County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. This stretch is
    long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove too. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The Lowrey Road to Paskenta Road section of
Elder Creek is 17.2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III 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. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking,  
either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The river winds through the Klamath Mountains and you get great scenery. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
Uhl Spring is a scenic location to have a look at while you're at Elder Creek. Going for a hike along the Lanyan Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this area. At Elder Creek you always meet someone from Paskenta. At Elder Creek during the summer highs are in the 90's. Once the sun is down it descends down to the 40's. High temperatures throughout the winter are normally in the 40's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at Elder Creek.

Elder Creek, Lowrey Road to Paskenta Road 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 Elder Creek.
 Whitewater Near Elder Creek:
Elder Creek, Tehama County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 17.2 miles long (Lowrey Road to Paskenta Road)
Cottonwood Creek - South Fork, Tehama County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Pettyjohn Road to Highway 36)
Grindstone Creek, Glenn County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Grindstone Road to Road 306)
Thomes Creek, Tehama County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 22 miles long (Above Paskenta)
Stony Creek, Colusa / Glenn County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 6.6 miles long (Stony Gorge Reservoir to Grindstone Creek)
Cottonwood Creek - Middle Fork, Shasta/ Tehama County, 24 miles away
      Class III - 23.5 miles long (Platina Road to North Fork)
Cottonwood Creek - North Fork, Shasta County, 27 miles away
      Class IV - 4 miles long (Sunny Hill Road to Platina Road bridge Close to Ono)
Cottonwood Creek - North Fork, Shasta County, 27 miles away
      Class II-IV - 8 miles long (Ono to Gas Point Road)
Black Butte River, Glenn / Mendocino County, 28 miles away
      Class IV+ - 24 miles long (Headwaters at Basin to Middle Fork Eel)
 Ski Areas Near Elder Creek:
Mount Shasta, California , 76 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Elder Creek:
Best Western Plus Corning Inn, Corning , 26 miles away
Classic Inn Red Bluff, Red Bluff , 26 miles away
The Lodge At Rolling Hills, Corning , 26 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites CORNING, Corning , 26 miles away
Super 8 Corning, Corning , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elder Creek:
Whitlock Campground, Tehama County, 8 miles away
Mud Flat Campground, Tehama County, 9 miles away
Rocky Cabin, Paskenta, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Elder Creek:
Lanyan Trail, Tehama , 10 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 783 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Elder Creek:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 40 miles away
Mendocino National Forest, California , 23 miles away
Woodson Bridge State Park, California , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elder Creek:
Wilcox Oaks Golf Club, Red Bluff , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Elder Creek
Black Butte Lake, Tehama , 18 miles away

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