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California whitewater, Mad River

Humboldt county, Jackshaw Road to Butler Valley-Maple Creek Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     10 miles
  The natural beauty of California and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California are harder than the national norm, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna, as you can see on the road map further down. The beauty of the Coast Ranges is a great plus for this
    river. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around
here you'll find a large number of good spots. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This section of Mad River is 10 miles long and is according to American Whitewater  
a class III-V section of whitewater. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
At Mad River you always meet someone from Korbel. Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is a pleasant site; don't leave Mad River without first going for a hike along the Grouse Creek Tractor Way. This river is a great place to visit. Mad River is a good location of common rain. Most of the rain falls through November while July is commonly the driest month. During the summertime, highs regularly are in the 60's at Mad River. All through the moonlight hours it's commonly in the 50's.

Mad River, Jackshaw Road to Butler Valley-Maple Creek 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 Mad River.
 Whitewater Near Mad River:
Mad River, Humboldt County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 10 miles long (Jackshaw Road to Butler Valley-Maple Creek Road)
Redwood Creek, Humboldt County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 5.4 miles long (Highway 299 to Bair Road)
Van Duzen River, Humboldt County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.2 miles long (Grizzly Creek to Highway 36 bridge)
Redwood Creek, Humboldt County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 25 miles long (Lacks Creek to Orick)
Eel River, Humboldt County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 22.1 miles long (South Fork Eel to Rio Dell)
Whitewater Outfitter - Bigfoot Rafting, Humboldt County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Trinity River, Trinity/ Humboldt County, 24 miles away
      Class II - 39 miles long (Hawkins Bar to Weitchpec)
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 27 miles away
      Class II - 36 miles long (Weitchpec to Klamath Glen)
Trinity River, Trinity County, 29 miles away
      Class IV-V - 10 miles long (Cedar Flat to Hawkins Bar)
 Hotels Near Mad River:
Days Inn & Suites Arcata, Arcata , 18 miles away
Comfort Inn Arcata-Humboldt Area, Arcata , 18 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites Arcata, Arcata , 18 miles away
Best Western Arcata Inn, Arcata , 18 miles away
Red Roof Inn Arcata, Arcata , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mad River:
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, Carlotta, 12 miles away
Van Duzen County Park, Scotia, 14 miles away
East Fork, Willow Creek, 15 miles away
 Trails Near Mad River:
Grouse Creek Tractor Way, Humboldt , 14 miles away, 0.8 hiking miles, 896 feet elevation difference
Grouse Creek Tractor Trail, Humboldt , 16 miles away, 2.9 hiking miles, 2606 feet elevation difference
Pilot Ridge Trail, Humboldt , 17 miles away, 2.3 hiking miles, 735 feet elevation difference
Dan East Trail, Humboldt , 19 miles away, 1.6 hiking miles, 2406 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Mad River:
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 60 miles away
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, California , 12 miles away
Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California , 18 miles away
Little River State Beach, California , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mad River:
Baywood Golf & Country Club, Arcata , 15 miles away
Redwood Empire Golf & Country, Fortuna , 19 miles away

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