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California whitewater, Pit River

Shasta county, Fall River Mills Bridge to Route 299 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     10 miles
  The natural beauty of Shasta County and the water flowing gracefully down Pit River have people coming here. The put-in location is a short drive from Redding, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often tougher than elsewhere, so keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality
    time in nature are great reasons to come. There's camping available near Pit River. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and
if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The river winds through the Southern Cascade Range and you get great scenery. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling rivers. The Fall River Mills Bridge to Route 299 Bridge section of Pit River in Shasta County  
is 10 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V section.

Briefly about the general area:
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is a great place to stretch your legs a bit, and if you're visiting from Fall River Mills, you won't be the only one. There's no way someone can get bored here in the Southern Cascade Range. Pit River is right next door to Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park which is a delightful place, and Sam Wolfin Spring is an inspiring site to take a look at while here. This river is so perfect. Nearby The Saddle is a great place to go if you're at Pit River, and a short visit to Pit River Falls is always worthwhile.

Pit River, Fall River Mills Bridge to Route 299 Bridge 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 Pit River.
 Whitewater Near Pit River:
Pit River, Shasta County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 10 miles long (Fall River Mills Bridge to Route 299 Bridge)
Pit River, Shasta County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Lake Britton to Pit 3 Powerhouse)
Pit River, Shasta County, 19 miles away
      Class IV - 7 miles long (Pit 4 Dam to Pit 4 Powerhouse)
Pit River, Lassen County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24 miles long (Nubieber to Pittville)
Pit River, Shasta County, 26 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse)
 Ski Areas Near Pit River:
Mount Shasta, California , 52 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Pit River:
Best Western Rose Quartz Inn, Chester , 40 miles away
McCloud River Mercantile Inn, McCloud , 46 miles away
McCloud River Inn, McCloud , 46 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pit River:
Pit River, Fall River Mills, 1 miles away
Cassel Campground, Shasta County, 6 miles away
Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park - Ja She Creek, Fall River Mills, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Pit River:
Bunchgrass Trail, Shasta , 17 miles away, 6.4 hiking miles, 1779 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Pit River:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 33 miles away
Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake - CA , 50 miles away
Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park, California , 8 miles away
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, California , 11 miles away
Lassen National Forest, California , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pit River:
Fall River Valley Golf & Country Club, Fall River Mills , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Pit River
Logan Lake, Shasta , 17 miles away
Ballard Reservoir, Lassen , 19 miles away

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