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California whitewater, Pit River

Shasta county, Lake Britton to Pit 3 Powerhouse section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     6 miles
  The Lake Britton to Pit 3 Powerhouse section of Pit River is 6 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Shasta County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Redding, as you can see on the road map further down. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. There
    are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to
be harder to run than those in other states, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking,  
either way around here you won't find a large number of other rivers. The Southern Cascade Range scenery is wonderful.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park are delightful to take a look at, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Burney here. Yep, outdoors enjoyable stuff truly is bountiful here in the Southern Cascade Range. There is a good hiking trail next to Pit River called the Pacific Crest Trail - section 17, and going for a hike on the Coal Mine Trail is always a good adventure. This river is a great place to visit. Much rain falls at Pit River.

Pit River, Lake Britton to Pit 3 Powerhouse 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, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Lake Britton to Pit 3 Powerhouse)
Pit River, Shasta County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 7 miles long (Pit 4 Dam to Pit 4 Powerhouse)
Pit River, Shasta County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse)
Pit River, Shasta County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 10 miles long (Fall River Mills Bridge to Route 299 Bridge)
McCloud River, Siskiyou County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Fowler Campground to McCloud Reservoir)
McCloud River, Shasta County, 26 miles away
      Class III-IV - 24 miles long (McCloud Reservoir to Lake Shasta)
 Ski Areas Near Pit River:
Mount Shasta, California , 38 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 89 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Pit River:
McCloud River Mercantile Inn, McCloud , 32 miles away
McCloud River Inn, McCloud , 32 miles away
Oak Tree Inn Dunsmuir, Dunsmuir , 40 miles away
Dunsmuir Lodge, Dunsmuir , 40 miles away
Mount Shasta Resort, Mount Shasta , 44 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pit River:
Pacific Crest Trail Trailcamp 1429.0 - Rock Creek, Burney, 1 miles away
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Burney, 4 miles away
Rim Campground, Shasta County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Pit River:
Pacific Crest Trail - section 17, overlapping , 10 miles away, 85.8 hiking miles, 5083 feet elevation difference
Coal Mine Trail, Shasta , 11 miles away,  10.6 hiking miles, 3603 feet elevation difference
Rough and Ready Trail, Shasta , 12 miles away, 1.9 hiking miles, 343 feet elevation difference
Nelson Flat Trail, Shasta , 18 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 697 feet elevation difference
Angel Meadow Trail, Siskiyou , 19 miles away, 3.1 hiking miles, 1415 feet elevation difference
Bunchgrass Trail, Shasta , 20 miles away, 6.4 hiking miles, 1779 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Pit River:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 35 miles away
Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake - CA , 52 miles away
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, California , 5 miles away
Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park, California , 20 miles away
Lassen National Forest, California , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pit River:
Fall River Valley Golf & Country Club, Fall River Mills , 18 miles away

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