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California whitewater, Little Sulphur Creek

Sonoma county, Healdsburg-Geyserville Road to Big Sulphur Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     11 miles
  If you're coming from Clearlake it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This stretch of Little Sulphur Creek is 11 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V+ section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're not from around here
    don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The natural beauty of Sonoma County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract
people from near and far. The campgrounds here at Little Sulphur Creek are pretty good. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that.  
The beauty of the Coast Ranges is a great plus for this river. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Have a pleasant hiking adventure along the Cadd Fire Trail. If you want to hit the beach, Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach is close at hand; you'll meet a lot of folks from Geyserville here. At this river you will always have a good time. You absolutely must go to Clear Lake State Park since you're here at Little Sulphur Creek. A large amount of rain falls at Little Sulphur Creek. January is when you get the most rain here, and the driest month is July.

Little Sulphur Creek, Healdsburg-Geyserville Road to Big Sulphur Creek 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 Little Sulphur Creek.
 Whitewater Near Little Sulphur Creek:
Big Sulphur Creek, Lake County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9 miles long (Iron Bridge to washed-out crossing)
Little Sulphur Creek, Sonoma County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 11 miles long (Healdsburg-Geyserville Road to Big Sulphur Creek)
Big Sulphur Creek, Lake County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.6 miles long (Close to Geysers to Iron Bridge)
Russian River, Mendocino/ Sonoma County, 15 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8.4 miles long (Pieta Creek to 101 Bridge)
Mark West Creek, Sonoma County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Mark West Lodge to Mark West Road)
Putah Creek, Lake/ Napa County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 16 miles long (Highway 29 to Lake Berryessa)
Cache Creek, Lake / Yolo County, 25 miles away
      Class II(III) - 18 miles long (Highway 20 to Bear Creek Confluence)
 Marinas Near Little Sulphur Creek:
Lake Sonoma Resort Area, Geyserville , 11 miles away
Konocti Vista Casino Resort and Marina, Finley , 12 miles away
Riviera Marina, Kelseyville , 15 miles away
Glenhaven Beach Campground, Glenhaven , 16 miles away
Austin's Campground and Marina, Clearlake , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Little Sulphur Creek:
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Sonoma , 10 miles away
Indian Beach, Lake , 16 miles away
Laurel Beach, Lake , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Little Sulphur Creek:
Hope Merrill And Hope Bosworth Inns, Geyserville , 5 miles away
Geyserville Inn, Geyserville , 5 miles away
Old Crocker Inn, Cloverdale , 6 miles away
Travelodge Healdsburg - Sonoma Wine Country, Healdsburg , 9 miles away
Best Western Dry Creek Inn, Healdsburg , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Sulphur Creek:
Cloverdale KOA Camping Resort, Cloverdale, 7 miles away
Alexander Valley Campground, Healdsburg, 7 miles away
Jellystone RV Park and Camp Resort, Cobb, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Little Sulphur Creek:
Cadd Fire Trail, Sonoma , 6 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 640 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Little Sulphur Creek:
Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes - CA , 39 miles away
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley - CA , 53 miles away
Clear Lake State Park, California , 13 miles away
Armstrong Redwoods State Park, California , 16 miles away
Austin Creek State Park, California , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Sulphur Creek:
Tayman Park Golf Course, Healdsburg , 9 miles away
Adams Springs Golf Course, Kelseyville , 11 miles away
Cobb Meadow Golf Club, Kelseyville , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Sulphur Creek
Highland Springs Reservoir, Lake , 9 miles away
Lake Sonoma, Sonoma , 10 miles away
Clear Lake, Lake , 15 miles away

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