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California whitewater, Shasta River

Siskiyou county, Highway 263 bridge to Klamath River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     6.8 miles
  The wonderful Siskiyou County scenery and the cool fresh water beats anything. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The Highway 263 bridge to Klamath River section of Shasta River in Siskiyou County is 6.8 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III
    section. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a pretty small number of paddling spots. The put-in location is a short drive from Medford, please print out a copy of the road map further down the
page so you wonít get lost. The beautiful Siskiyou Mountains scenery is an added bonus. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Highway 263 bridge to Klamath River section is one of them. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. No shortage of good hotels, but if you donít have reservations you might  
end up sleeping in your car. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Shasta River you come across the Bear Creek Trail which is a great hiking trail, and lots of people from Yreka come here. So many exciting things to do in the Siskiyou Mountains, not sufficient time. Put some time aside to spend at Iron Trough Spring since you're here at Shasta River. Shasta River is right next door to Dry Gulch which is unquestionably worth visiting. A spree to Silvas Spring will fill your spirit with delightful feelings, and going for a hike on the Clear Creek Trail is always a nice adventure.

Shasta River, Highway 263 bridge to Klamath River 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 Shasta River.
 Whitewater Near Shasta River:
Shasta River, Siskiyou County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 6.8 miles long (Highway 263 bridge to Klamath River)
Klamath River, Siskiyou County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 48 miles long (Iron Gate Dam to Sarah Totten Camp Ground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Momentum River Expeditions, Jackson County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Jenny Creek, Jackson / Siskiyou County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 14 miles long (Ashland Oregon to Iron Gate Reservoir California)
Whitewater Outfitter - Noah's Rafting & Fishing Trips, Jackson County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Scott River, Siskiyou County, 29 miles away
      Class II-V - 22 miles long (Canyon Entrance Close to Meamber Creek to Klamath Confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Shasta River:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 16 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Mount Shasta, California , 37 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Shasta River:
Holiday Inn Express YREKA-SHASTA AREA, Yreka , 4 miles away
Super 8 Yreka, Yreka , 4 miles away
Best Western Miner's Inn, Yreka , 5 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, Yreka , 5 miles away
Klamath Motor Lodge, Yreka , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Shasta River:
Yreka RV Park, Yreka, 4 miles away
Tree of Heaven Campground, Siskiyou County, 5 miles away
Waiiaka Trailer Haven, Yreka, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Shasta River:
Bear Creek Trail, Siskiyou , 7 miles away, 7.1 hiking miles, 3136 feet elevation difference
Clear Creek Trail, Siskiyou , 9 miles away,  3.8 hiking miles, 743 feet elevation difference
Copper Trail, Siskiyou , 9 miles away, 1.4 hiking miles, 954 feet elevation difference
Pacific Crest Trail - section 18, overlapping , 10 miles away, 229.3 hiking miles, 7782 feet elevation difference
Mount Ashland Trail, Jackson , 18 miles away, 3.4 hiking miles, 2165 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Shasta River:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 56 miles away
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 65 miles away
Shasta National Forest, California , 36 miles away
Castle Crags State Park, California , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Shasta River:
Shasta Valley Golf Club, Montague , 5 miles away
Eagle's Nest Golf Course, Klamath River , 18 miles away
Oak Knoll Golf Club, Ashland , 18 miles away

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