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California whitewater, Grindstone Creek

Glenn county, Grindstone Road to Road 306 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     12 miles
  The nature scenery of Glenn County and the water flowing gracefully down Grindstone Creek have people coming here. This stretch of Grindstone Creek in Glenn County is 12 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often more difficult
    than elsewhere, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. When you're paddling down a Klamath Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The Grindstone Road to Road 306
section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Clearlake, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead  
and pack your sleeping bag. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
It's always wonderful to explore Bearwallow Spring, and during your visit here you'll meet some folks from Elk Creek for sure. All year is a great time in the Klamath Mountains if you adore the outdoors. Put some time aside to spend at Manzanita Spring since you're here at Grindstone Creek. During the summer highs here at Grindstone Creek reach the 90's. Once the sun is down it sinks down to the 60's.

Grindstone Creek, Grindstone Road to Road 306 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 Grindstone Creek.
 Whitewater Near Grindstone Creek:
Grindstone Creek, Glenn County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Grindstone Road to Road 306)
Stony Creek, Colusa / Glenn County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 6.6 miles long (Stony Gorge Reservoir to Grindstone Creek)
Black Butte River, Glenn / Mendocino County, 17 miles away
      Class IV+ - 24 miles long (Headwaters at Basin to Middle Fork Eel)
Thomes Creek, Tehama County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 22 miles long (Above Paskenta)
Elder Creek, Tehama County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 17.2 miles long (Lowrey Road to Paskenta Road)
Stony Creek, Colusa / Glenn County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Mill Creek to Diversion Dam)
Eel River, Lake County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Horse Creek to Lake Pillsbury)
Cottonwood Creek - South Fork, Tehama County, 27 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Pettyjohn Road to Highway 36)
Eel River, Lake County, 28 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.7 miles long (Lake Pillsbury to Bucknell Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Grindstone Creek:
Mount Shasta, California , 91 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Grindstone Creek:
Super 8 Willows, Willows , 30 miles away
Best Western Willows Inn, Willows , 30 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILLOWS, Willows , 30 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Willows, Willows , 30 miles away
The Lodge At Rolling Hills, Corning , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Grindstone Creek:
Mud Flat Campground, Tehama County, 7 miles away
Pines Group, Elk Creek, 8 miles away
Stony Gorge Reservoir, Elk Creek, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Grindstone Creek:
Bear Wallow Trail, Glenn , 15 miles away, 5.8 hiking miles, 1716 feet elevation difference
Bonnie View Trail, Colusa , 18 miles away, 9.2 hiking miles, 3897 feet elevation difference
Trout Creek Trail, Colusa , 19 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 4009 feet elevation difference
Buttermilk Trail, Tehama , 19 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 1097 feet elevation difference
Crooked Tree Trail, Lake , 19 miles away, 8.9 hiking miles, 2583 feet elevation difference
Milk Ranch Trail, Colusa , 20 miles away,  6.4 hiking miles, 1706 feet elevation difference
Bathhouse Trail, Colusa , 20 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 1946 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Grindstone Creek:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 54 miles away
Mendocino National Forest, California , 16 miles away
Clear Lake State Park, California , 38 miles away
Woodson Bridge State Park, California , 39 miles away

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