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California whitewater, Rattlesnake Creek

Mendocino county, US 101 to Big Bend section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The wonderful Mendocino County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Rattlesnake Creek are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The put-in location is a short drive from Ukiah, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the
    page. This stretch of Rattlesnake Creek in California is 5 miles long and it is classified as a class V section by American Whitewater. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find
lots of paddling rivers. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. Whitewater paddling here in the Coast Ranges is a great experience. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting your paddling  
muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Standish-Hickey State Recreational Area is both great and stunning, and it's in the neighborhood of Rattlesnake Creek; Rattlesnake Creek is a location with many visitors from Leggett. So many cool things to do here in the Coast Ranges, too fine to be true. A day at wonderful Wages Creek Beach right next door to Rattlesnake Creek is a good thing to do. When you're here at Rattlesnake Creek it's always fun to have a look at Westport-Union Landing State Beach, and close by you hit upon Pedro Opening which is a pleasant location to visit.

Rattlesnake Creek, US 101 to Big Bend 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 Rattlesnake Creek.
 Whitewater Near Rattlesnake Creek:
Rattlesnake Creek, Mendocino County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (US 101 to Big Bend)
Eel River - South Fork, Mendocino County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 21 miles long (Big Bend to Piercy)
Tenmile Creek, Mendocino County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Gauge on Highway 101 to South Fork Eel)
Eel River - South Fork, Mendocino County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9.5 miles long (Close to Branscomb to Big Bend)
Eel River, Mendocino/ Trinity/ Humboldt County, 21 miles away
      Class II-IV - 47 miles long (Dos Rios to Alderpoint)
Noyo River, Mendocino County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 20 miles long (Northspur to Fort Bragg)
Eel River - North Fork, Trinity/ Mendocino County, 27 miles away
      Class IV - 12 miles long (Salt Creek to Hulls Creek)
Eel River - North Fork, Trinity/ Mendocino County, 28 miles away
      Class III - 8 miles long (Hulls Creek to Mina Road)
Van Duzen River, Trinity County, 28 miles away
      Class III - 7.2 miles long (West Fork to Senteney Creek)
Outlet Creek, Mendocino County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.2 miles long (Highway 101 bridge to Highway 162)
 Beaches Near Rattlesnake Creek:
Wages Creek Beach, Mendocino , 13 miles away
Seaside Creek Beach, Mendocino , 16 miles away
Ten Mile Beach, Mendocino , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Rattlesnake Creek:
Benbow Inn, Garberville , 16 miles away
Motel Garberville, Garberville , 18 miles away
Humboldt Redwoods Inn, Garberville , 18 miles away
Best Western Plus Humboldt House Inn, Garberville , 18 miles away
Mendocino Hotel And Garden Sui, Mendocino , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rattlesnake Creek:
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area - Rock Creek, Piercy, 6 miles away
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area - Redwood, Piercy, 6 miles away
Hickey Campground, Mendocino County, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rattlesnake Creek:
Standish-Hickey State Recreational Area, California , 7 miles away
Westport-Union Landing State Beach, California , 13 miles away
Richardson Grove State Park, California , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rattlesnake Creek:
Benbow Valley RV Resort & Golf Course, Garberville , 16 miles away

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