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California whitewater, Trinity River

Trinity county, Tangle Blue Creek to Clair Engle Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     13.6 miles
  This section of Trinity River in California is 13.6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. The put-in is not too far from Redding, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The wonderful California scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. There are campgrounds quite near the river where
    you can camp. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. The Tangle Blue Creek to Clair Engle Lake section is one of many paddling sections in this
river system. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your camp stove too. The river winds through the Klamath Mountains and you get great scenery. 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 lots of rivers here are not for beginners. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Cold Valley is a splendid location to spend some time at, and there are plenty of folks from Trinity Center here. Having a wonderful time in the Klamath Mountains is painless. There are delightful places to explore along the Echo Lake Trail, and a spree to Shasta National Forest is a delightful idea. This is such a fun river. All through the summertime at Trinity River highs are mostly in the 80's with overnight lows in the 40's.

Trinity River, Tangle Blue Creek to Clair Engle Lake 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 Trinity River.
 Whitewater Near Trinity River:
Trinity River, Trinity County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 13.6 miles long (Tangle Blue Creek to Clair Engle Lake)
Trinity River - East Fork, Trinity County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 8 miles long (Rams Horn Road to Clair Engle Lake)
Coffee Creek, Trinity County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10 miles long (Coffee Creek Road to Trinity River)
Clear Creek Sacramento Tributary, Shasta County, 13 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 16 miles long (Clear Creek Campground to Trinity Mountain Road)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 22 miles away
      Class IV - 13 miles long (Sims Flat Campground to Lake Shasta)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.5 miles long (Box Canyon Dam to Dunsmuir)
Trinity River, Trinity County, 25 miles away
      Class II - 30.3 miles long (Lewiston to Junction City)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 25 miles away
      Class IV - 9 miles long (Castle Craig to Sims Road)
Sacramento River, Siskiyou/ Shasta County, 28 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Dunsmuir to Castle Craig)
Salmon River, Siskiyou County, 28 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.9 miles long (Idlewild Campground to Sawyers Bar)
 Ski Areas Near Trinity River:
Mount Shasta, California , 34 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 49 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Trinity River:
Trinity Lake Resorts & Marinas, Trinity Center , 5 miles away
 Hotels Near Trinity River:
Comfort Inn Mount Shasta Area, Weed , 24 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Weed, Weed , 24 miles away
Lewiston Hotel, Lewiston , 25 miles away
The Old Lewiston Inn, Lewiston , 25 miles away
Best Western Plus Tree House, Mount Shasta , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Trinity River:
Eagle Creek Campground, Trinity County, 0 miles away
Horse Flat Campground, Trinity County, 2 miles away
Horse Campground, -blank-, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Trinity River:
Echo Lake Trail, Shasta , 14 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 357 feet elevation difference
Sisson Calahan National Recreation Trail, Siskiyou , 17 miles away, 9.1 hiking miles, 4437 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Trinity River:
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown - CA , 23 miles away
Shasta National Forest, California , 2 miles away
Castle Crags State Park, California , 24 miles away
Weaverville Joss House State Park, California , 28 miles away
 Lakes Near Trinity River
Granite Lake, Trinity , 16 miles away
Echo Lake, Trinity , 19 miles away
Salmon Lake, Siskiyou , 19 miles away

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