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California whitewater, Salmon River

Siskiyou county, Forks of Salmon to Somes Bar section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     19 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside California you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The Forks of Salmon to Somes Bar section of Salmon River in California is 19 miles long and is a class IV-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you're coming from Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna it's not a long drive at all to
    the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whitewater paddling here in the Klamath Mountains is a great experience. This river system is full of great paddling
sections, the Forks of Salmon to Somes Bar section is just one of them. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of  
good spots. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The natural beauty of California and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking is a popular thing to do around Salmon River; Horse Ridge National Scenic Trail is a tremendous local trail. What would a location like Salmon River be without out of the ordinary nearby characteristics like Grant Bluffs. There's good hiking along the Salmon Summit Recreation Trail, and Wilson Gulch is also a good place to look at.

Salmon River, Forks of Salmon to Somes Bar 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 Salmon River.
 Whitewater Near Salmon River:
Salmon River, Siskiyou County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 19 miles long (Forks of Salmon to Somes Bar)
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Ishi Pishi Bridge to Orleans)
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 16 miles long (Orleans to Weitchpec)
Wooley Creek, Siskiyou County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (North Fork confluence to Salmon River)
Salmon River - South Fork, Siskiyou County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 6.5 miles long (Methodist Creek to Forks of Salmon)
Whitewater Outfitter - Klamath River Outfitters, Siskiyou County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Salmon River - North Fork, Siskiyou County, 16 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Little North Fork to Forks of Salmon)
Klamath River, Siskiyou County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 22 miles long (Coon Creek to Ishi Pishi Falls)
Salmon River - South Fork, Siskiyou County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Limestone Bluffs to Matthews Creek Campground)
New River, Trinity County, 19 miles away
      Class III-V - 19.8 miles long (E Fork confluence to Trinity River)
 Ski Areas Near Salmon River:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 62 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Mount Shasta, California , 83 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Salmon River:
Chateau At The Oregon Caves Na, Cave Junction , 44 miles away
Holiday Inn Express KLAMATH - REDWOOD NTL PK AREA, Klamath , 45 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salmon River:
Nordheimer, Forks Of Salmon, 3 miles away
Oak Bottom Campground, Siskiyou County, 4 miles away
Pearch Creek Campground, Humboldt County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Salmon River:
Salmon Summit Recreation Trail, Humboldt , 6 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 1455 feet elevation difference
Horse Ridge National Scenic Trail, Humboldt , 11 miles away,  24.4 hiking miles, 2221 feet elevation difference
Garden Gulch Trail, Siskiyou , 13 miles away,  11.6 hiking miles, 2718 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Salmon River:
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 45 miles away
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 58 miles away
Klamath National Forest, California , 24 miles away
Six Rivers National Forest, California , 38 miles away
 Lakes Near Salmon River
Red Cap Lake, Humboldt , 7 miles away

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