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California whitewater, Mark West Creek

Sonoma county, Mark West Lodge to Mark West Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     4 miles
  The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often more challenging than in other states, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. If you're coming from Santa Rosa-Petaluma it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beautiful scenery of California and the playfulness of the water will make you feel
    great. The Mark West Lodge to Mark West Road stretch of Mark West Creek in California is 4 miles long and has been rated as a class III-V section by American Whitewater. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being
out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. The campgrounds here at Mark West Creek are pretty good. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. There are nice comfortable hotels here, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This  
stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is worth taking a look at if you're at Mark West Creek, and Mark West Creek is not far at all from Santa Rosa. Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach is a beach near Mark West Creek that you can take a look at, and needless to say, everybody loves Annadel State Park. This is such a wonderful river. Good hiking is available along the Cadd Fire Trail. The high level of rainfall makes Mark West Creek a reasonably wet spot. The month of January is the wettest with most of the rain, and the driest month of the year is July.

Mark West Creek, Mark West Lodge to Mark West 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 Mark West Creek.
 Whitewater Near Mark West Creek:
Mark West Creek, Sonoma County, 1 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Mark West Lodge to Mark West Road)
Little Sulphur Creek, Sonoma County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 11 miles long (Healdsburg-Geyserville Road to Big Sulphur Creek)
Big Sulphur Creek, Lake County, 15 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.6 miles long (Close to Geysers to Iron Bridge)
Putah Creek, Lake/ Napa County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 16 miles long (Highway 29 to Lake Berryessa)
Napa River, Napa County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 18 miles long (St. Helena to Napa)
Big Sulphur Creek, Lake County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9 miles long (Iron Bridge to washed-out crossing)
Cache Creek, Lake / Yolo County, 28 miles away
      Class II(III) - 18 miles long (Highway 20 to Bear Creek Confluence)
 Marinas Near Mark West Creek:
Petaluma Marina, Petaluma , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Mark West Creek:
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Sonoma , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Mark West Creek:
Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, Santa Rosa , 3 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Santa Rosa , 3 miles away
Best Western Plus Wine Country Inn & Suites, Santa Rosa , 3 miles away
Fountaingrove Inn, Santa Rosa , 3 miles away
Sandman Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mark West Creek:
Mobile Home Estates, Santa Rosa, 4 miles away
Sonoma County Fairgrounds RV Park, Santa Rosa, 6 miles away
Rosa Vista Trailer Park, Santa Rosa, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Mark West Creek:
Cadd Fire Trail, Sonoma , 14 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 640 feet elevation difference
Bald Mountain Trail, Sonoma , 16 miles away, 1.1 hiking miles, 216 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Mark West Creek:
Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes - CA , 25 miles away
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley - CA , 36 miles away
Annadel State Park, California , 9 miles away
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, California , 10 miles away
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, California , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mark West Creek:
Mayacama Golf Club, Santa Rosa , 1 miles away
Wikiup Golf Course, Santa Rosa , 2 miles away
Fountaingrove Golf & Athletic, Santa Rosa , 2 miles away
 Lakes Near Mark West Creek
Duvall Lake, Napa , 18 miles away
Hidden Valley Lake, Lake , 19 miles away

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