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California whitewater, Russian River

Mendocino county, Calpella to Ukiah section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     8.8 miles
This might be the ugliest section of river I have ever paddled, do not waste your time.  Go to the Navarro River or Healdsberg to Wohler Bridge or better yet Utah.  California Rivers are inaccessible. The landowners rule. It is all about vineyards. No access spend your dollars elsewhere, bumming in Ukiah. Says Movrfit

Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California are harder than the national norm, so don't forget that rivers
    here are not as easy as elsewhere. This section of Russian River in California is 8.8 miles long and has been rated as a class II section by American Whitewater. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is
an area with plenty of places for that. The natural beauty of California and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. The starting location is a short drive from Ukiah, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Calpella to Ukiah stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. There are some good hotels near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is  
a very popular destination. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The wild scenery of the Coast Ranges is great. This stretch has has enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're stopping by Russian River from Ukiah, you won't be the only one. Montgomery Woods State Park is a great place to visit. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 80's to Russian River, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 40's.

Russian River, Calpella to Ukiah 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 Russian River.
 Whitewater Near Russian River:
Russian River, Mendocino County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 8.8 miles long (Calpella to Ukiah)
Russian River - East Fork, Mendocino County, 6 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 2.6 miles long (Falls to Lake Mendocino)
Eel River, Mendocino County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 35 miles long (Van Arsdale Dam to Dos Rios)
Tomki Creek, Mendocino County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 9.3 miles long (Hearst Road to Eel River)
Rancheria Creek, Mendocino County, 16 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 13 miles long (Fish Rock Road to Mountain View Road)
Russian River, Mendocino/ Sonoma County, 17 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8.4 miles long (Pieta Creek to 101 Bridge)
Outlet Creek, Mendocino County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.2 miles long (Highway 101 bridge to Highway 162)
Rancheria Creek, Mendocino County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 11 miles long (Mountain View Road to Navarro River)
Eel River, Lake County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.7 miles long (Lake Pillsbury to Bucknell Creek)
Noyo River, Mendocino County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 20 miles long (Northspur to Fort Bragg)
 Marinas Near Russian River:
Lake Mendocino Marina, Ukiah , 3 miles away
 Hotels Near Russian River:
Travelodge Ukiah, Ukiah , 2 miles away
Days Inn Ukiah, Ukiah , 2 miles away
Best Western Orchard Inn, Ukiah , 2 miles away
Super 8 Ukiah, Ukiah , 2 miles away
Vichy Springs Resort, Ukiah , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Russian River:
Coyote Dam, Ukiah, 1 miles away
Chekaka Campground, Mendocino County, 1 miles away
Sunset View Estates, Ukiah, 1 miles away
 Public Lands Near Russian River:
Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes - CA , 65 miles away
Montgomery Woods State Park, California , 13 miles away
Hendy Woods State Park, California , 20 miles away
Clear Lake State Park, California , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Russian River:
Ukiah Municipal Golf Course, Ukiah , 3 miles away
Brooktrails Golf Course, Willits , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Russian River
Lake Mendocino, Mendocino , 1 miles away
Blue Lakes, Lake , 12 miles away

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