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California whitewater, Mill Creek

Tehama county, Town of Mill Creek to First Diversion Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     43 miles
  The Town of Mill Creek to First Diversion Dam stretch of Mill Creek in Tehama County is 43 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V+ section by American Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. The starting location is a short drive from Red Bluff, as you can see on the road map further
    down. The scenic beauty of California and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. When you're paddling down a Northern Sierra Nevada river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.
For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Town of Mill Creek to First Diversion Dam section is one of them. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so better bring your camping gear along. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general  
area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is wonderful here at Mill Creek, you can go for a hike along the Old Lassen Trail. It's always tremendous to explore Round Mountain Spring; at Mill Creek you always meet someone from Paynes Creek. A river like this is too good to miss. Long Point is in the vicinity and always good to stop at, and on a fine day you can take a hike along the Graham Trail. From a rainfall point of view Mill Creek is a relatively common site.

Mill Creek, Town of Mill Creek to First Diversion Dam 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 Mill Creek.
 Whitewater Near Mill Creek:
Antelope Creek, Tehama County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 20 miles long (Hogsback Road to Cone Grove Road)
Battle Creek - South Fork, Tehama County, 10 miles away
      Class II-V(V+) - 11.5 miles long (Close to Ponderosa Way to Manton Road)
Battle Creek, Shasta / Tehama County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 13 miles long (Manton Road)
Deer Creek, Tehama County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 43 miles long (Highway 32 to Route 99)
Mill Creek, Tehama County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 43 miles long (Town of Mill Creek to First Diversion Dam)
Bear Creek, Shasta County, 22 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 9.5 miles long (Hydro to Highway 44)
Butte Creek, Butte County, 23 miles away
      Class II+ - 6 miles long (PGandE Powerhouse to Covered Bridge)
Big Kimshew Creek, Butte County, 25 miles away
      Class V - -blank- miles long (to Confluence with West Fork of Feather)
 Ski Areas Near Mill Creek:
Mount Shasta, California , 67 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Mill Creek:
Best Western Heritage Inn - Chico, Chico , 23 miles away
Super 8 Chico, Chico , 24 miles away
Ramada Plaza Chico, Chico , 24 miles away
Safari Inn, Chico , 24 miles away
Hotel Diamond Chico, Chico , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mill Creek:
South Antelope Campground, Tehama County, 3 miles away
Black Rock Campground, Tehama County, 4 miles away
Tehama Wildlife Area, Paynes Creek, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Mill Creek:
Old Lassen Trail, Tehama , 4 miles away,  14 hiking miles, 2089 feet elevation difference
Graham Trail, Tehama , 6 miles away,  3.2 hiking miles, 1422 feet elevation difference
Murphy Trail, Tehama , 9 miles away,  3.6 hiking miles, 2025 feet elevation difference
Heart Lake Twin Meadows Trail, Tehama , 16 miles away,  7.2 hiking miles, 1384 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Mill Creek:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 17 miles away
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 64 miles away
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park, California , 22 miles away
Bidwell Mansion State Park, California , 25 miles away
Woodson Bridge State Park, California , 26 miles away

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