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California whitewater, Sacramento River

Siskiyou Shasta county, Castle Craig to Sims Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     9 miles
  This stretch of Sacramento River in Siskiyou/ Shasta County is 9 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often more difficult than elsewhere, so don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Redding, as you can see on the road map further down. On this section you do get some distance, it's perfect
    for a one day trip. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. And of course, there are
campgrounds nearby. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The nature scenery of Siskiyou/ Shasta County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. The Castle Craig to Sims Road section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people.

Briefly about the general
Going for a hike on the Castle Lake Trail is always a fine adventure; Castle Crags State Park is a good location to go. Lots of folks from Castella come to Sacramento River, and close by you discover the Crags Trail which is a great hiking trail. This river is a wonderful place to visit. The best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of close by Mount Shasta. Through the summertime, highs generally are in the 80's at Sacramento River. For the duration of the moonlight hours it's usually in the 40's. Daytime highs during the wintertime are in the 40's while Sacramento River night low temperatures throughout the winter are in the 20's.

Sacramento River, Castle Craig to Sims Road 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, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Castle Craig to Sims Road)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Sims Flat Campground to Lake Shasta)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Dunsmuir to Castle Craig)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.5 miles long (Box Canyon Dam to Dunsmuir)
Trinity River - East Fork, Trinity County, 14 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)
Clear Creek Sacramento Tributary, Shasta County, 20 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 16 miles long (Clear Creek Campground to Trinity Mountain Road)
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, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Fowler Campground to McCloud Reservoir)
Whitewater Outfitter - North Country Raft Rental, Shasta County, 27 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Sacramento River:
Mount Shasta, California , 14 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 57 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Sacramento River:
Antler Resort & Marina, Lakehead , 11 miles away
Sugarloaf Resort, Lakehead , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Sacramento River:
Dunsmuir Lodge, Dunsmuir , 6 miles away
Oak Tree Inn Dunsmuir, Dunsmuir , 8 miles away
Best Western Plus Tree House, Mount Shasta , 11 miles away
Mount Shasta Resort, Mount Shasta , 11 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Weed, Weed , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sacramento River:
Castle Crags State Park, Shasta, 2 miles away
Best In The West Resort, Castella, 3 miles away
Sims Flat Campground, Shasta County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Sacramento River:
Crags Trail, Shasta , 3 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 2068 feet elevation difference
Castle Lake Trail, Siskiyou , 6 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 588 feet elevation difference
Echo Lake Trail, Shasta , 10 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 357 feet elevation difference
Sisson Calahan National Recreation Trail, Siskiyou , 13 miles away, 9.1 hiking miles, 4437 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Sacramento River:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 28 miles away
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral - CA , 66 miles away
Castle Crags State Park, California , 4 miles away
Shasta National Forest, California , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sacramento River:
Mt Shasta Resort, Mount Shasta , 10 miles away
McCloud Golf Club, Mccloud , 16 miles away
Weed Golf Club, Weed , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Sacramento River
Browns Lake, Siskiyou , 10 miles away

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