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California whitewater, Klamath River

Humboldt county, Weitchpec to Klamath Glen section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     36 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Crescent City North, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Weitchpec to Klamath Glen stretch of Klamath River is 36 miles long and has been rated as a class II section by American Whitewater. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. There are so many stretches
    to paddle in this river system, the Weitchpec to Klamath Glen stretch is just one of many. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The beautiful scenery of California and the playfulness of the water
are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. Whitewater rafting and  
kayaking in California is often more difficult than elsewhere, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The river winds through the Coast Ranges and you get great scenery.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Rhododendron Trail, and a great place like Prairie City State Park is too glorious to leave out. Man, is there a lot of exciting stuff to do in the Coast Ranges. There's magnificent hiking along the South Fork Trail, and a visit to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a pleasant idea. This river is so great.

Klamath River, Weitchpec to Klamath Glen 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, 13 miles away
      Class II - 36 miles long (Weitchpec to Klamath Glen)
Redwood Creek, Humboldt County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 25 miles long (Lacks Creek to Orick)
Goose Creek, Del Norte County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 5.6 miles long (Saddle Road to South Fork Smith confluence)
Smith River - South Fork, Del Norte County, 19 miles away
      Class III-V - 13 miles long (Big Flat Campground to confluence with Middle Fork)
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 22 miles away
      Class II - 16 miles long (Orleans to Weitchpec)
Hurdygurdy Creek, Del Norte County, 23 miles away
      Class V - 7.7 miles long (Bear Basin Road to Big Flat Road)
Redwood Creek, Humboldt County, 23 miles away
      Class II - 5.4 miles long (Highway 299 to Bair Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Klamath River Outfitters, Siskiyou County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 24 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Ishi Pishi Bridge to Orleans)
Whitewater Outfitter - Bigfoot Rafting, Humboldt County, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Klamath River:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 88 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Beaches Near Klamath River:
Gold Bluffs Beach, Humboldt , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Klamath River:
Holiday Inn Express KLAMATH - REDWOOD NTL PK AREA, Klamath , 16 miles away
Rodeway Inn Emerald Forest Of Trinidad, Trinidad , 25 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ARCATA/EUREKA-AIRPORT AREA, McKinleyville , 27 miles away
Red Roof Inn Arcata, Arcata , 28 miles away
Best Western Arcata Inn, Arcata , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Klamath River:
Blue Creek Campground, Humboldt County, 6 miles away
Blue Creek, Klamath, 7 miles away
Notice Creek, Hoopa, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Klamath River:
Rhododendron Trail, Humboldt , 11 miles away, 5.9 hiking miles, 977 feet elevation difference
South Fork Trail, Humboldt , 11 miles away,  1.2 hiking miles, 679 feet elevation difference
Cathedral Tree Trail, Humboldt , 11 miles away, 0.7 hiking miles, 77 feet elevation difference
Big Tree Trail, Humboldt , 11 miles away,  .8 hiking miles, 46 feet elevation difference
Foothill Trail, Humboldt , 12 miles away, 1.8 hiking miles, 235 feet elevation difference
Elk Prairie Trail, Humboldt , 12 miles away, 2.6 hiking miles, 147 feet elevation difference
Crea Trail, Humboldt , 12 miles away, 3.1 hiking miles, 688 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Klamath River:
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 32 miles away
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 44 miles away
Prairie City State Park, California , 13 miles away
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California , 14 miles away
Humboldt Lagoons State Park, California , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Klamath River:
Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach , 10 miles away
Elk Valley Rancheria, Crescent City , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Klamath River
Stone Lagoon, Humboldt , 18 miles away

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