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California whitewater, Putah Creek

Lake Napa county, Highway 29 to Lake Berryessa section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     16 miles
Trying to find a good putin and takeout down stream of Stebbins Cold Canyon reserve. Says Joe Clemens

Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often more difficult than elsewhere, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Napa, as you can see on the road map further down. The Highway 29 to Lake Berryessa stretch of Putah Creek in California
    is 16 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V section. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. There are some good stretches to
paddle in this river system, the Highway 29 to Lake Berryessa stretch is one of them. There aren’t 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. The natural beauty of California and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead  
and pack your camping stuff. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
A tour to Putah Creek wouldn’t be complete without a trip to close by Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, and there are plenty of folks from Pope Valley here. Bothe-Napa Valley State Park is worth stopping at if you're at Putah Creek; a pleasant location to go to is Butts Canyon. This is such a wonderful river. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Bald Mountain Trail.

Putah Creek, Highway 29 to Lake Berryessa 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 Putah Creek.
 Whitewater Near Putah Creek:
Napa River, Napa County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 18 miles long (St. Helena to Napa)
Putah Creek, Lake/ Napa County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 16 miles long (Highway 29 to Lake Berryessa)
Cache Creek, Yolo County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 9 miles long (Bear Creek Confluence to Rumsey)
Cache Creek, Lake / Yolo County, 17 miles away
      Class II(III) - 18 miles long (Highway 20 to Bear Creek Confluence)
Bear Creek, Lake County, 18 miles away
      Class IV - 12 miles long (Close to Wilbur Hot Springs to Cache Creek ConFork)
Mark West Creek, Sonoma County, 22 miles away
      Class III-V - 4 miles long (Mark West Lodge to Mark West Road)
Big Sulphur Creek, Lake County, 25 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.6 miles long (Close to Geysers to Iron Bridge)
Little Sulphur Creek, Sonoma County, 27 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 11 miles long (Healdsburg-Geyserville Road to Big Sulphur Creek)
 Marinas Near Putah Creek:
Lake Berryessa Marina Resort, Napa , 14 miles away
Pleasure Cove Marina, Napa , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Putah Creek:
Calistoga Ranch Auberge Resort, Calistoga , 9 miles away
Las Alcobas, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Napa Valley, Saint Helena , 11 miles away
Harvest Inn By Charlie Palmer, Saint Helena , 11 miles away
Wydown Hotel, Saint Helena , 11 miles away
Southbridge Napa Valley, Saint Helena , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Putah Creek:
Knoxville Recreation Area - Cement Creek, Pope Valley, 4 miles away
Cedar Creek, Pope Valley, 4 miles away
Knoxville Recreation Area - Pocock Creek, Pope Valley, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Putah Creek:
Bald Mountain Trail, Sonoma , 15 miles away, 1.1 hiking miles, 216 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Putah Creek:
Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes - CA , 43 miles away
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley - CA , 45 miles away
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, California , 11 miles away
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, California , 15 miles away
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, California , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Putah Creek:
Aetna Springs Golf Course, Pope Valley , 5 miles away
Mt St Helena Golf Course, Calistoga , 13 miles away
Vintners Golf Club, Yountville , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Putah Creek
Duvall Lake, Napa , 4 miles away
Hidden Valley Lake, Lake , 11 miles away
Lake Hennessey, Napa , 13 miles away

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