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California whitewater, Russian River - East Fork

Mendocino county, Falls to Lake Mendocino section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+(III)     2.6 miles
  The wonderful Mendocino County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. The Falls to Lake Mendocino stretch of Russian River - East Fork in California is 2.6 miles long and it is classified as a class II+(III) section by American Whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Ukiah, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature
    are sure to keep you coming back for more. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Coast Ranges
scenery is wonderful. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. This is a bit of a short stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. There are campgrounds quite near the  
river where you can camp. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
If you want a little side journey, try Hells Delight Canyon, and this is a popular place for folks from Potter Valley. And that's not everything there is to do here in the Coast Ranges. The high level of precipitation makes Russian River - East Fork a pretty wet place. The month of January is the wettest with most of the rain; July meanwhile is the driest month. Through the months of summer highs here at Russian River - East Fork get into the 90's.

Russian River - East Fork, Falls to Lake Mendocino 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 - East Fork.
 Whitewater Near Russian River - East Fork:
Russian River - East Fork, Mendocino County, 1 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 2.6 miles long (Falls to Lake Mendocino)
Russian River, Mendocino County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 8.8 miles long (Calpella to Ukiah)
Eel River, Mendocino County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 35 miles long (Van Arsdale Dam to Dos Rios)
Tomki Creek, Mendocino County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 9.3 miles long (Hearst Road to Eel River)
Eel River, Lake County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.7 miles long (Lake Pillsbury to Bucknell Creek)
Russian River, Mendocino/ Sonoma County, 18 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8.4 miles long (Pieta Creek to 101 Bridge)
Outlet Creek, Mendocino County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.2 miles long (Highway 101 bridge to Highway 162)
Rancheria Creek, Mendocino County, 21 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 13 miles long (Fish Rock Road to Mountain View Road)
Rancheria Creek, Mendocino County, 25 miles away
      Class II - 11 miles long (Mountain View Road to Navarro River)
Eel River, Lake County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Horse Creek to Lake Pillsbury)
 Marinas Near Russian River - East Fork:
Lake Mendocino Marina, Ukiah , 3 miles away
 Hotels Near Russian River - East Fork:
Vichy Springs Resort, Ukiah , 4 miles away
Travelodge Ukiah, Ukiah , 7 miles away
Best Western Orchard Inn, Ukiah , 7 miles away
Super 8 Ukiah, Ukiah , 7 miles away
Days Inn Ukiah, Ukiah , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Russian River - East Fork:
Bu-Shay Campground, Mendocino County, 2 miles away
Le Trianon Resort, Ukiah, 2 miles away
Kyen Campground, Mendocino County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Russian River - East Fork:
Elk Knob Trail, Lake , 19 miles away, 0.7 hiking miles, 386 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Russian River - East Fork:
Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes - CA , 67 miles away
Montgomery Woods State Park, California , 17 miles away
Hendy Woods State Park, California , 25 miles away
Clear Lake State Park, California , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Russian River - East Fork:
Ukiah Municipal Golf Course, Ukiah , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Russian River - East Fork
Lake Mendocino, Mendocino , 4 miles away
Blue Lakes, Lake , 9 miles away
Lake Pillsbury, Lake , 15 miles away

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