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California whitewater, Klamath River

Humboldt county, Ishi Pishi Bridge to Orleans section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     8 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. The put-in is not too far from Crescent City North, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beautiful Coast Ranges scenery is an added bonus. The wonderful California scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water
    have people coming here. The Ishi Pishi Bridge to Orleans stretch of Klamath River in California is 8 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-V section. You can pitch a tent or park your
RV at a nearby campground. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Getting  
a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Klamath River is a place with many visitors from Orleans, and if you're here, you might as well take a look at Sawmill Gulch. These mountains rock, just look at all the cool things to do in the Coast Ranges. Going for a hike on the Horse Ridge National Scenic Trail is always a delightful adventure. Near Klamath River you find the Salmon Summit Recreation Trail which is a splendid hiking trail. Klamath River sees pretty high levels of precipitation.

Klamath River, Ishi Pishi Bridge to Orleans 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 Klamath River.
 Whitewater Near Klamath River:
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Ishi Pishi Bridge to Orleans)
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 16 miles long (Orleans to Weitchpec)
Whitewater Outfitter - Klamath River Outfitters, Siskiyou County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Salmon River, Siskiyou County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 19 miles long (Forks of Salmon to Somes Bar)
Klamath River, Siskiyou County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 22 miles long (Coon Creek to Ishi Pishi Falls)
Wooley Creek, Siskiyou County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (North Fork confluence to Salmon River)
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 36 miles long (Weitchpec to Klamath Glen)
Salmon River - South Fork, Siskiyou County, 19 miles away
      Class III - 6.5 miles long (Methodist Creek to Forks of Salmon)
Trace Creek, Siskiyou County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Bear Pen Creek to Klamath River)
Elk Creek, Siskiyou County, 22 miles away
      Class I-IV - 5 miles long (Elk Creek Road to Klamath River)
 Ski Areas Near Klamath River:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 67 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Mount Shasta, California , 90 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Klamath River:
Holiday Inn Express KLAMATH - REDWOOD NTL PK AREA, Klamath , 38 miles away
Chateau At The Oregon Caves Na, Cave Junction , 42 miles away
Red Roof Inn Arcata, Arcata , 46 miles away
Best Western Arcata Inn, Arcata , 46 miles away
Comfort Inn Arcata-Humboldt Area, Arcata , 46 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Klamath River:
Pines RV Park, Orleans, 2 miles away
Pearch Creek Campground, Humboldt County, 2 miles away
Klamath Riverside RV Park, Orleans, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Klamath River:
Salmon Summit Recreation Trail, Humboldt , 10 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 1455 feet elevation difference
Horse Ridge National Scenic Trail, Humboldt , 11 miles away,  24.4 hiking miles, 2221 feet elevation difference
Garden Gulch Trail, Siskiyou , 20 miles away,  11.6 hiking miles, 2718 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Klamath River:
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 42 miles away
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 51 miles away
Klamath National Forest, California , 25 miles away
Six Rivers National Forest, California , 31 miles away
Prairie City State Park, California , 36 miles away
 Lakes Near Klamath River
Red Cap Lake, Humboldt , 11 miles away

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