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California whitewater, Napa River

Napa county, St. Helena to Napa section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     18 miles
The river is only safe in the late spring when there is only enough flow to avoid scraping bottom.  Many unseen snags and isolation.  If you do this in flood stage you will float above trees. Says Bryan Poli

The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy.
    The put-in location is a short drive from Napa, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The natural beauty of Napa County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make
you feel great. The campgrounds here at Napa River are pretty good. Lodging is available near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you won't find a large number of other spots. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your sleeping bag. This section of Napa River in California is 18 miles long and has been determined  
by American Whitewater to be a class III section. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the St. Helena to Napa section is one of them. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people.

Briefly about the general area:
The great people of Yountville like to hang out nearby. When you're here at Napa River it's always fun to explore Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, and the peaks of the Yountville Hills dominate the scenery of this region. This river is so great. There's good hiking along the Bald Mountain Trail, and Jack London State Park is a good spot to stretch your legs a bit.

Napa River, St. Helena to Napa 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 Napa River.
 Whitewater Near Napa River:
Napa River, Napa County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 18 miles long (St. Helena to Napa)
Whitewater Outfitter - Pacific River Supply, Contra Costa County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Putah Creek, Lake/ Napa County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V - 16 miles long (Highway 29 to Lake Berryessa)
Mark West Creek, Sonoma County, 25 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Mark West Lodge to Mark West Road)
Cache Creek, Yolo County, 28 miles away
      Class III - 9 miles long (Bear Creek Confluence to Rumsey)
 Marinas Near Napa River:
Napa Valley Marina, Napa , 11 miles away
Lake Berryessa Marina Resort, Napa , 12 miles away
Pleasure Cove Marina, Napa , 13 miles away
Port Sonoma-Marina, Petaluma , 18 miles away
Mira Monte Landing, Novato , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Napa River:
Napa Valley Lodge, Yountville , 0 miles away
North Block Hotel, Yountville , 0 miles away
Lavender, A Four Sisters Inn, Yountville , 0 miles away
Napa Valley Railway Inn, Yountville , 0 miles away
Maison Fleurie, A Four Sisters, Yountville , 0 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Napa River:
Napa Valley Resort, Napa, 8 miles away
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Sonoma, 9 miles away
Skyline Wilderness - Equestrian, Napa, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Napa River:
Bald Mountain Trail, Sonoma , 10 miles away, 1.1 hiking miles, 216 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Napa River:
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley - CA , 31 miles away
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco - CA , 33 miles away
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, California , 10 miles away
Jack London State Park, California , 13 miles away
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, California , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Napa River:
Vintners Golf Club, Yountville , 1 miles away
Chardonnay Golf Club, Napa , 6 miles away
Vineyard Knolls Golf Club, Napa , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Napa River
Lake Hennessey, Napa , 4 miles away
Milliken Reservoir, Napa , 10 miles away
Duvall Lake, Napa , 15 miles away

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