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California whitewater, Salmon River - South Fork

Siskiyou county, Limestone Bluffs to Matthews Creek Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     6 miles
  If you're coming from Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna 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 wonít get lost. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so don't forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The natural beauty of Siskiyou County and the sparkling of the sunlight
    on the water beats anything. This section of Salmon River - South Fork is 6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V section. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily
run it on an afternoon. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you  
might end up sleeping in your car. The wild scenery of the Klamath Mountains is great. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Garden Gulch Trail is always a fine adventure, and you'll meet a lot of people from Forks Of Salmon here. Whohoo, so much cool stuff in one place! The Klamath Mountains is peerless! Go for a hike on the Tanners Peak Trail, and nearby you find wonderful places like Butcher Gulch. This is such a fun river. You simply have to go to Limestone Bluffs while you're here at Salmon River - South Fork.

Salmon River - South Fork, Limestone Bluffs to Matthews Creek Campground road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Salmon River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Salmon River - South Fork:
Salmon River - South Fork, Siskiyou County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Limestone Bluffs to Matthews Creek Campground)
Salmon River - South Fork, Siskiyou County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 6.5 miles long (Methodist Creek to Forks of Salmon)
Salmon River - South Fork, Siskiyou County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 8.5 miles long (Bridge Close to Schoolhouse Flat to Limestone Bluffs)
Salmon River, Siskiyou County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 19 miles long (Forks of Salmon to Somes Bar)
Salmon River - North Fork, Siskiyou County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Little North Fork to Forks of Salmon)
Trinity River - North Fork, Trinity County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 14 miles long (Hobo Gulch to Bridge 1 mile above mouth)
Salmon River, Siskiyou County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.9 miles long (Idlewild Campground to Sawyers Bar)
New River, Trinity County, 15 miles away
      Class III-V - 19.8 miles long (E Fork confluence to Trinity River)
Wooley Creek, Siskiyou County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (North Fork confluence to Salmon River)
Trinity River, Trinity County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 23.6 miles long (Pigeon Point Campground to Cedar Flat)
 Ski Areas Near Salmon River - South Fork:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 59 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Mount Shasta, California , 70 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Salmon River - South Fork:
Lewiston Hotel, Lewiston , 36 miles away
The Old Lewiston Inn, Lewiston , 36 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Yreka, Yreka , 48 miles away
Comfort Inn Yreka, Yreka , 48 miles away
Rodeway Inn Yreka, Yreka , 48 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Salmon River - South Fork:
Matthews Creek Campground, Siskiyou County, 1 miles away
Snipes' Villa, Forks Of Salmon, 4 miles away
Bacon Rind Campground, Siskiyou County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Salmon River - South Fork:
Garden Gulch Trail, Siskiyou , 9 miles away,  11.6 hiking miles, 2718 feet elevation difference
Tanners Peak Trail, Siskiyou , 12 miles away,  5.6 hiking miles, 3548 feet elevation difference
Deacon Lee Trail, Siskiyou , 14 miles away,  7.2 hiking miles, 620 feet elevation difference
Salmon Summit Recreation Trail, Humboldt , 15 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 1455 feet elevation difference
Horse Ridge National Scenic Trail, Humboldt , 19 miles away,  24.4 hiking miles, 2221 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Salmon River - South Fork:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 48 miles away
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 58 miles away
Weaverville Joss House State Park, California , 29 miles away
Klamath National Forest, California , 32 miles away
Shasta National Forest, California , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Salmon River - South Fork
Papoose Lake, Trinity , 14 miles away
Red Cap Lake, Humboldt , 15 miles away
Forbidden Lakes, Trinity , 16 miles away

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