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California whitewater, McCloud River

Shasta county, McCloud Reservoir to Lake Shasta section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     24 miles
  The wonderful Shasta County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. This stretch of McCloud River in California is 24 miles long and is according to American Whitewater
    a class III-IV section of whitewater. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Great exercise and just being out
on the river for a while are great reasons to come. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag. The put-in is not too far from Redding, as you can see on the road map further down. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling rivers. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The Southern  
Cascade Range scenery is wonderful. The McCloud Reservoir to Lake Shasta section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
White Rock is something you shouldn't miss since you're here at McCloud River, and since you're here you can take a hike along the Crags Trail. Just can't get enough of the Southern Cascade Range. A good site like Castle Crags State Park in the vicinity of McCloud River is too fine to leave out; you can have a pleasant hiking adventure along the Nelson Flat Trail. This river is so good. McCloud River commonly gets a great deal of precipitation.

McCloud River, McCloud Reservoir to Lake Shasta 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 McCloud River.
 Whitewater Near McCloud River:
McCloud River, Shasta County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 24 miles long (McCloud Reservoir to Lake Shasta)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Castle Craig to Sims Road)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Sims Flat Campground to Lake Shasta)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Dunsmuir to Castle Craig)
McCloud River, Siskiyou County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Fowler Campground to McCloud Reservoir)
Pit River, Shasta County, 20 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.5 miles long (Box Canyon Dam to Dunsmuir)
Whitewater Outfitter - North Country Raft Rental, Shasta County, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Trinity River - East Fork, Trinity County, 27 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 8 miles long (Rams Horn Road to Clair Engle Lake)
Pit River, Shasta County, 27 miles away
      Class IV - 7 miles long (Pit 4 Dam to Pit 4 Powerhouse)
 Ski Areas Near McCloud River:
Mount Shasta, California , 17 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 68 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near McCloud River:
Silverthorn Resort-Marina, Redding , 15 miles away
Antler Resort & Marina, Lakehead , 16 miles away
Sugarloaf Resort, Lakehead , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near McCloud River:
Dunsmuir Lodge, Dunsmuir , 13 miles away
McCloud River Mercantile Inn, McCloud , 14 miles away
McCloud River Inn, McCloud , 14 miles away
Oak Tree Inn Dunsmuir, Dunsmuir , 14 miles away
Bridge Bay Motel, Redding , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near McCloud River:
Madrone Campground, Shasta County, 6 miles away
McCloud Bridge Campground, Shasta County, 7 miles away
Pacific Crest Trail Trailcamp 1487.0, Dunsmuir, 7 miles away
 Trails Near McCloud River:
Nelson Flat Trail, Shasta , 13 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 697 feet elevation difference
Crags Trail, Shasta , 14 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 2068 feet elevation difference
Cone Point Trail, Shasta , 16 miles away, 3.2 hiking miles, 633 feet elevation difference
Castle Lake Trail, Siskiyou , 18 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 588 feet elevation difference
Angel Meadow Trail, Siskiyou , 18 miles away, 3.1 hiking miles, 1415 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near McCloud River:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 34 miles away
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 53 miles away
Castle Crags State Park, California , 15 miles away
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, California , 36 miles away
Shasta National Forest, California , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near McCloud River:
McCloud Golf Club, Mccloud , 13 miles away
Mt Shasta Resort, Mount Shasta , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near McCloud River
Pit 7 Reservoir, Shasta , 14 miles away
Browns Lake, Siskiyou , 20 miles away

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