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California whitewater, Pit River

Shasta county, Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     9 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Redding, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The
    campgrounds here at Pit River are pretty good. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. The beauty of the Southern Cascade Range is a great plus for this river.
You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling spots. The wonderful California scenery and the playfulness of the water beats anything. This section of Pit River is 9 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV section of whitewater. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on an afternoon. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system,  
the Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse section is just one of many.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Pit River you'll in all probability meet some people from Big Bend, and there's wonderful hiking along the Nelson Flat Trail. These mountains rock, just check out all the exciting stuff to do in the Southern Cascade Range. The beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Big Bend Hot Springs. The Pacific Crest Trail - section 17 offers hiking at its best. The high level of precipitation makes Pit River a relatively wet location. Of all the months in a year January is the one with the most rain, and the driest month is July.

Pit River, Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 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, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Pit 5 Dam to Pit 5 Powerhouse)
Pit River, Shasta County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 7 miles long (Pit 4 Dam to Pit 4 Powerhouse)
McCloud River, Shasta County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 24 miles long (McCloud Reservoir to Lake Shasta)
McCloud River, Siskiyou County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Fowler Campground to McCloud Reservoir)
Pit River, Shasta County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Lake Britton to Pit 3 Powerhouse)
Bear Creek, Shasta County, 24 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 9.5 miles long (Hydro to Highway 44)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 27 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Dunsmuir to Castle Craig)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 28 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Castle Craig to Sims Road)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 30 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Sims Flat Campground to Lake Shasta)
 Ski Areas Near Pit River:
Mount Shasta, California , 26 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 79 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Pit River:
McCloud River Mercantile Inn, McCloud , 20 miles away
McCloud River Inn, McCloud , 20 miles away
Dunsmuir Lodge, Dunsmuir , 27 miles away
Oak Tree Inn Dunsmuir, Dunsmuir , 27 miles away
Bridge Bay Motel, Redding , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pit River:
Hawkins Landing Campground, Shasta County, 5 miles away
Deadlun Campground, Shasta County, 5 miles away
Deep Creek Campground, Shasta County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Pit River:
Nelson Flat Trail, Shasta , 4 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 697 feet elevation difference
Pacific Crest Trail - section 17, overlapping , 6 miles away, 85.8 hiking miles, 5083 feet elevation difference
Rough and Ready Trail, Shasta , 7 miles away, 1.9 hiking miles, 343 feet elevation difference
Coal Mine Trail, Shasta , 9 miles away,  10.6 hiking miles, 3603 feet elevation difference
Cone Point Trail, Shasta , 10 miles away, 3.2 hiking miles, 633 feet elevation difference
Angel Meadow Trail, Siskiyou , 11 miles away, 3.1 hiking miles, 1415 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Pit River:
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 41 miles away
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 49 miles away
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, California , 19 miles away
Castle Crags State Park, California , 30 miles away
Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park, California , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Pit River
Pit 7 Reservoir, Shasta , 9 miles away

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