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California whitewater, Sacramento River

Siskiyou Shasta county, Box Canyon Dam to Dunsmuir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     7.5 miles
  The Box Canyon Dam to Dunsmuir stretch of Sacramento River in Siskiyou/ Shasta County is 7.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. If you're coming from Redding it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The natural beauty of Siskiyou/ Shasta County and the beautiful way the water current moves
    down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California tend to be more challenging
than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Box Canyon Dam to Dunsmuir stretch is just one of them. This is a pretty decent  
length section, you can easily run it on an afternoon. No shortage of good hotels, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
You might want to pay a visit to Box Canyon if you're here at Sacramento River. Ney Springs is a pleasant local attraction, and Castle Crags State Park is a pleasant site. This is a really good river. You're sure to run into some fine folks from Dunsmuir here, and if the weather is fine, you can go for a hike along the Crags Trail. Faery Falls is always fun to check out, and while you're here you can take a hike along the Castle Lake Trail.

Sacramento River, Box Canyon Dam to Dunsmuir 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 Sacramento River.
 Whitewater Near Sacramento River:
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.5 miles long (Box Canyon Dam to Dunsmuir)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Dunsmuir to Castle Craig)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Castle Craig to Sims Road)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Sims Flat Campground to Lake Shasta)
Trinity River - East Fork, Trinity County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 8 miles long (Rams Horn Road to Clair Engle Lake)
McCloud River, Shasta County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 24 miles long (McCloud Reservoir to Lake Shasta)
Trinity River, Trinity County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13.6 miles long (Tangle Blue Creek to Clair Engle Lake)
McCloud River, Siskiyou County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Fowler Campground to McCloud Reservoir)
Clear Creek Sacramento Tributary, Shasta County, 25 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 16 miles long (Clear Creek Campground to Trinity Mountain Road)
 Ski Areas Near Sacramento River:
Mount Shasta, California , 9 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 51 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Sacramento River:
Antler Resort & Marina, Lakehead , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Sacramento River:
Best Western Plus Tree House, Mount Shasta , 3 miles away
Mount Shasta Resort, Mount Shasta , 3 miles away
Oak Tree Inn Dunsmuir, Dunsmuir , 4 miles away
Dunsmuir Lodge, Dunsmuir , 4 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Weed, Weed , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sacramento River:
Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort, Mount Shasta, 2 miles away
Chateau Shasta Mobile Home Park, Mount Shasta, 2 miles away
Cave Springs-motel-resort, Dunsmuir, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Sacramento River:
Castle Lake Trail, Siskiyou , 3 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 588 feet elevation difference
Crags Trail, Shasta , 5 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 2068 feet elevation difference
Sisson Calahan National Recreation Trail, Siskiyou , 9 miles away, 9.1 hiking miles, 4437 feet elevation difference
Echo Lake Trail, Shasta , 11 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 357 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Sacramento River:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 34 miles away
Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake - CA , 69 miles away
Castle Crags State Park, California , 4 miles away
Shasta National Forest, California , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sacramento River:
Mt Shasta Resort, Mount Shasta , 2 miles away
Weed Golf Club, Weed , 11 miles away
McCloud Golf Club, Mccloud , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Sacramento River
Browns Lake, Siskiyou , 2 miles away

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