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California whitewater, Tomki Creek

Mendocino county, Hearst Road to Eel River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     9.3 miles
When the water is high, this run can get you in a lot of a trouble.  After a logjam swallowed my brother's boat he was stranded miles in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the steep terrain of the Eel river.  I had to look for him during the night with a whistle and light.  Take it from a local, don't take this run lightly.  Class three doesn't say anything about how choked the run is. Says TomkiPimp

The scenic beauty of California
    and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This stretch of Tomki Creek in Mendocino County is 9.3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section.
If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside California you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. If you're coming from  
Ukiah it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The Coast Ranges scenery is wonderful. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
During your visit to Tomki Creek you'll meet some people from Potter Valley for sure.

Tomki Creek, Hearst Road to Eel 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 Tomki Creek.
 Whitewater Near Tomki Creek:
Tomki Creek, Mendocino County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 9.3 miles long (Hearst Road to Eel River)
Eel River, Mendocino County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 35 miles long (Van Arsdale Dam to Dos Rios)
Outlet Creek, Mendocino County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.2 miles long (Highway 101 bridge to Highway 162)
Russian River, Mendocino County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 8.8 miles long (Calpella to Ukiah)
Russian River - East Fork, Mendocino County, 11 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 2.6 miles long (Falls to Lake Mendocino)
Eel River, Lake County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.7 miles long (Lake Pillsbury to Bucknell Creek)
Eel River, Mendocino/ Trinity/ Humboldt County, 18 miles away
      Class II-IV - 47 miles long (Dos Rios to Alderpoint)
Eel River - Middle Fork, Mendocino County, 22 miles away
      Class II-V - 32 miles long (Black Butte River to Dos Rios)
Eel River, Lake County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Horse Creek to Lake Pillsbury)
Black Butte River, Glenn / Mendocino County, 25 miles away
      Class IV+ - 24 miles long (Headwaters at Basin to Middle Fork Eel)
 Marinas Near Tomki Creek:
Lake Mendocino Marina, Ukiah , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Tomki Creek:
Best Western Willits Inn, Willits , 11 miles away
Super 8 Willits, Willits , 11 miles away
Lark Motel, Willits , 11 miles away
Baechtel Creek Inn, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Willits , 11 miles away
Travelodge Ukiah, Ukiah , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tomki Creek:
Trout Creek, Potter Valley, 9 miles away
Golden Rule RV Park, Willits, 10 miles away
Willits KOA Kampground, Willits, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tomki Creek:
Montgomery Woods State Park, California , 17 miles away
Hendy Woods State Park, California , 27 miles away
Mendocino National Forest, California , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tomki Creek:
Brooktrails Golf Course, Willits , 13 miles away
Ukiah Municipal Golf Course, Ukiah , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Tomki Creek
Lake Mendocino, Mendocino , 13 miles away
Lake Pillsbury, Lake , 16 miles away
Blue Lakes, Lake , 19 miles away

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