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California whitewater, Pit River

Shasta county, Pit 4 Dam to Pit 4 Powerhouse section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     7 miles
  If you're coming from Redding it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This section of Pit River in Shasta County is 7 miles long and it is classified as a class IV section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind
    that rivers here are less forgiving. The nature scenery of Shasta County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this
is an area with plenty of spots for that. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. On this section you do get some distance, good for a one day paddling trip. The beautiful Southern Cascade Range scenery is an added bonus. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Pit 4 Dam to Pit 4 Powerhouse section is just one of them. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll  
have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
There are nice spots to look at along the Pacific Crest Trail - section 17, and a great spot is Malinda Gulch. If you want a great time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Southern Cascade Range. Don't leave Pit River without first going for a hike along the Rough and Ready Trail. Everybody loves McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. For the period of the warm months at Pit River temperatures are usually in the 80's.

Pit River, Pit 4 Dam to Pit 4 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 IV - 7 miles long (Pit 4 Dam to Pit 4 Powerhouse)
Pit River, Shasta County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse)
Pit River, Shasta County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Lake Britton to Pit 3 Powerhouse)
McCloud River, Siskiyou County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Fowler Campground to McCloud Reservoir)
McCloud River, Shasta County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 24 miles long (McCloud Reservoir to Lake Shasta)
Pit River, Shasta County, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V - 10 miles long (Fall River Mills Bridge to Route 299 Bridge)
Bear Creek, Shasta County, 26 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 9.5 miles long (Hydro to Highway 44)
 Ski Areas Near Pit River:
Mount Shasta, California , 32 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 84 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Pit River:
McCloud River Mercantile Inn, McCloud , 27 miles away
McCloud River Inn, McCloud , 27 miles away
Oak Tree Inn Dunsmuir, Dunsmuir , 34 miles away
Dunsmuir Lodge, Dunsmuir , 34 miles away
Bridge Bay Motel, Redding , 38 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pit River:
Ruling Creek, Burney, 2 miles away
Deep Creek Campground, Shasta County, 2 miles away
Pacific Crest Trail Trailcamp 1439.2, Burney, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Pit River:
Pacific Crest Trail - section 17, overlapping , 5 miles away, 85.8 hiking miles, 5083 feet elevation difference
Rough and Ready Trail, Shasta , 8 miles away, 1.9 hiking miles, 343 feet elevation difference
Coal Mine Trail, Shasta , 8 miles away,  10.6 hiking miles, 3603 feet elevation difference
Nelson Flat Trail, Shasta , 12 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 697 feet elevation difference
Angel Meadow Trail, Siskiyou , 14 miles away, 3.1 hiking miles, 1415 feet elevation difference
Cone Point Trail, Shasta , 15 miles away, 3.2 hiking miles, 633 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Pit River:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 37 miles away
Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake - CA , 55 miles away
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, California , 12 miles away
Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park, California , 27 miles away
Lassen National Forest, California , 37 miles away
 Lakes Near Pit River
Pit 7 Reservoir, Shasta , 14 miles away

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