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California whitewater, Salmon River

Siskiyou county, Idlewild Campground to Sawyers Bar section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     7.9 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The beautiful scenery of California and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.
    The starting location is a short drive from Medford, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you
might end up sleeping in your car. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Idlewild Campground to Sawyers Bar section is just one of many. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. This stretch has has enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip. When you're paddling down a Klamath Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery  
along the way too. The Idlewild Campground to Sawyers Bar section of Salmon River is 7.9 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Deacon Lee Trail, and Little Rattlesnake Gulch is a wonderful place to spend some time. Just can't get enough of the Klamath Mountains. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Tanners Peak Trail. For the duration of the days of summer at Salmon River temperatures are ordinarily in the 90's, and all through the night it cools down to the 50's. For the period of the wintertime highs are commonly in the 40's with temperatures at Salmon River dipping down into the 20's through winter nights.

Salmon River, Idlewild Campground to Sawyers 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, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.9 miles long (Idlewild Campground to Sawyers Bar)
Salmon River - North Fork, Siskiyou County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Little North Fork to Forks of Salmon)
Salmon River - South Fork, Siskiyou County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 8.5 miles long (Bridge Close to Schoolhouse Flat to Limestone Bluffs)
Salmon River - South Fork, Siskiyou County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Limestone Bluffs to Matthews Creek Campground)
Salmon River - South Fork, Siskiyou County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 6.5 miles long (Methodist Creek to Forks of Salmon)
Salmon River, Siskiyou County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 19 miles long (Forks of Salmon to Somes Bar)
Wooley Creek, Siskiyou County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (North Fork confluence to Salmon River)
Scott River, Siskiyou County, 18 miles away
      Class II-V - 22 miles long (Canyon Entrance Close to Meamber Creek to Klamath Confluence)
Coffee Creek, Trinity County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Coffee Creek Road to Trinity River)
Trinity River - North Fork, Trinity County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14 miles long (Hobo Gulch to Bridge 1 mile above mouth)
 Ski Areas Near Salmon River:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 48 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Mount Shasta, California , 61 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Salmon River:
Baymont Inn & Suites Yreka, Yreka , 37 miles away
Comfort Inn Yreka, Yreka , 37 miles away
Lewiston Hotel, Lewiston , 37 miles away
The Old Lewiston Inn, Lewiston , 37 miles away
Rodeway Inn Yreka, Yreka , 38 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salmon River:
Idlewild Campground, Siskiyou County, 2 miles away
Mulebridge, Etna, 3 miles away
Mule Bridge Campground, Siskiyou County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Salmon River:
Tanners Peak Trail, Siskiyou , 1 miles away,  5.6 hiking miles, 3548 feet elevation difference
Deacon Lee Trail, Siskiyou , 6 miles away,  7.2 hiking miles, 620 feet elevation difference
Garden Gulch Trail, Siskiyou , 9 miles away,  11.6 hiking miles, 2718 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Salmon River:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 46 miles away
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 56 miles away
Klamath National Forest, California , 28 miles away
Shasta National Forest, California , 29 miles away
Weaverville Joss House State Park, California , 32 miles away
 Lakes Near Salmon River
Taylor Lake, Siskiyou , 9 miles away
Big Duck Lake, Siskiyou , 10 miles away
Adams Lake, Trinity , 14 miles away

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