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California whitewater, Santa Margarita River

San Diego county, Murrieta Creek to Sandia Creek Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV(V)     9 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California are harder than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. The starting location is a reasonable drive from San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are not
    so many other good places for that around here. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting some
good exercise and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. The beautiful scenery of California and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. The river winds through the Santa Ana Mountains and you get great scenery. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.  
This stretch of Santa Margarita River in California is 9 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV(V) section of whitewater. There's camping available near Santa Margarita River.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Fallbrook here; if the weather is good, you can go for a hike along the Magee Trail. You'll truly wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the exciting stuff in the Santa Ana Mountains. Summertime at Santa Margarita River comes with high temperatures in the 90's, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 60's.

Santa Margarita River, Murrieta Creek to Sandia Creek 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 Santa Margarita River.
 Whitewater Near Santa Margarita River:
Santa Margarita River, San Diego County, 4 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 9 miles long (Murrieta Creek to Sandia Creek Road)
Escondido Creek, San Diego County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.6 miles long (San Elijo Canyon: Elfin Forest Preserve to Camino Del NoRoute Road)
Los Penasquitos Creek, San Diego County, 30 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 9 miles long (I-15 to I-5)
 Ski Areas Near Santa Margarita River:
Snow Valley, California , 46 miles away, 1041 foot drop, 11 lifts, 30 runs
Snow Summit, California , 50 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 14 lifts, 31 runs
Bear Mountain, California , 51 miles away, 1665 foot drop, 12 lifts, 34 runs
Mt. Baldy, California , 56 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 28 runs
Mountain High, California , 64 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 16 lifts, 62 runs
Ski Sunrise, California , 64 miles away, 816 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Mt Waterman, California , 67 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Santa Margarita River:
Elsinore West Marina and Campground, Lake Elsinore , 18 miles away
Lake Elsinore West Marina and RV Park, Lake Elsinore , 18 miles away
Snug Harbor Marina, Carlsbad , 20 miles away
Diamond Valley Lake, Hemet , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Santa Margarita River:
Oceanside City Beach, San Diego , 20 miles away
Harbor Beach, San Diego , 20 miles away
South Oceanside Beach, San Diego , 20 miles away
Saint Malo Beach, San Diego , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Santa Margarita River:
Ramada Temecula Old Town, Temecula , 4 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Temecula, Temecula , 4 miles away
Rodeway Inn Temecula, Temecula , 4 miles away
SpringHill Suites Temecula Valley Wine Country, Temecula , 4 miles away
Embassy Suites By Hilton Temecula Valley Wine Country, Temecula , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Santa Margarita River:
Pechanga RV Resort, Temecula, 9 miles away
Fallbrook Kamp Retreat, Fallbrook, 9 miles away
Champagne Lakes RV Resort, Escondido, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Santa Margarita River:
Magee Trail, San Diego , 13 miles away,  6 hiking miles, 2173 feet elevation difference
Mission Trail, San Diego , 16 miles away, 5.6 hiking miles, 5446 feet elevation difference
Morgan Trail, Riverside , 17 miles away, 2.4 hiking miles, 712 feet elevation difference
Gomez Trail, San Diego , 18 miles away,  11 hiking miles, 4309 feet elevation difference
Clark Trail, San Diego , 18 miles away,  7.2 hiking miles, 1415 feet elevation difference
Clark Trail, Riverside , 20 miles away,  4.8 hiking miles, 877 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Santa Margarita River:
Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego - CA , 41 miles away
Carlsbad State Beach, California , 20 miles away
Palomar Mountain State Park, California , 20 miles away
San Pasqual Battlefield State Park, California , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Santa Margarita River:
Cross Creek Golf Course, Temecula , 4 miles away
Fallbrook Golf Club, Fallbrook , 6 miles away
Temeku Hills Golf Club, Temecula , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Santa Margarita River
Skinner Reservoir, Riverside , 12 miles away
Canyon Lake, Riverside , 14 miles away
Pechstein Reservoir, San Diego , 15 miles away

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