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California whitewater, Stony Creek

Colusa Glenn county, Stony Gorge Reservoir to Grindstone Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     6.6 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often tougher than elsewhere, so don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The beautiful scenery of Colusa / Glenn County and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There
    are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Stony Gorge Reservoir to Grindstone Creek stretch is one of them. This section of Stony Creek in California is 6.6 miles long and it is classified as a class II
section by American Whitewater. The river winds through the Klamath Mountains and you get great scenery. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Clearlake,  
please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of people from Elk Creek come to Stony Creek. Stony Creek is usually a relatively arid spot. During January this area sees the most rain; the driest month is July. High temperatures at Stony Creek during the warm months are in the 90's. All through the moonlight hours it's generally in the 60's. The winter comes with highs in the 50's, and overnight lows at Stony Creek during the wintertime frequently dip into the 30's.

Stony Creek, Stony Gorge Reservoir to Grindstone Creek 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 Stony Creek.
 Whitewater Near Stony Creek:
Stony Creek, Colusa / Glenn County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 6.6 miles long (Stony Gorge Reservoir to Grindstone Creek)
Grindstone Creek, Glenn County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Grindstone Road to Road 306)
Stony Creek, Colusa / Glenn County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Mill Creek to Diversion Dam)
Elder Creek, Tehama County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 17.2 miles long (Lowrey Road to Paskenta Road)
Black Butte River, Glenn / Mendocino County, 23 miles away
      Class IV+ - 24 miles long (Headwaters at Basin to Middle Fork Eel)
Eel River, Lake County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Horse Creek to Lake Pillsbury)
Thomes Creek, Tehama County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 22 miles long (Above Paskenta)
Cottonwood Creek - South Fork, Tehama County, 30 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (Pettyjohn Road to Highway 36)
 Ski Areas Near Stony Creek:
Mount Shasta, California , 93 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Stony Creek:
Super 8 Willows, Willows , 22 miles away
Best Western Willows Inn, Willows , 22 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILLOWS, Willows , 22 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Willows, Willows , 23 miles away
The Lodge At Rolling Hills, Corning , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Stony Creek:
Pines Group, Elk Creek, 2 miles away
Stony Gorge Reservoir, Elk Creek, 3 miles away
Mud Flat Campground, Tehama County, 14 miles away
 Trails Near Stony Creek:
Bear Wallow Trail, Glenn , 16 miles away, 5.8 hiking miles, 1716 feet elevation difference
Trout Creek Trail, Colusa , 18 miles away,  7.8 hiking miles, 4009 feet elevation difference
Bonnie View Trail, Colusa , 19 miles away, 9.2 hiking miles, 3897 feet elevation difference
Bathhouse Trail, Colusa , 19 miles away, 4.6 hiking miles, 1946 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Stony Creek:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 58 miles away
Mendocino National Forest, California , 23 miles away
Woodson Bridge State Park, California , 34 miles away
Clear Lake State Park, California , 38 miles away
 Lakes Near Stony Creek
Black Butte Lake, Tehama , 17 miles away

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