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California whitewater, West Walker River

Mono county, Highway 395 Bridge to Walker section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     11 miles
  The Highway 395 Bridge to Walker stretch of West Walker River is 11 miles long and has been rated as a class III-V section by American Whitewater. If you're coming from Gardnerville Ranchos it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often more challenging than in other states, so better not forget that a lot of
    the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The river winds through the Central Sierra Nevada and you get great scenery. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem
and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. The nature scenery of California and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Highway 395 Bridge to Walker section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking  
or both, doesn't matter, there are not so many other good rivers for that around here. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your sleeping bag. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Near West Walker River you find Tollhouse Canyon which is a nice place to explore. Hiking is a popular thing to do around West Walker River; Early Emigrant and Indian Trail is a delightful local trail. Echo Canyon State Park is a splendid site, and West Walker River is not far at all from Coleville. Lots of fun awaits you along this river.

West Walker River, Highway 395 Bridge to Walker 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 West Walker River.
 Whitewater Near West Walker River:
West Walker River, Mono County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Highway 395 Bridge to Walker)
West Walker River, Mono County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.3 miles long (Leavitt Station Trailhead to Pickel Meadow)
Carson River - East Fork, Alpine County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 7.3 miles long (Cave Rock to Hangman's Bridge)
Stanislaus River - Middle Fork, Tuolumne County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (Baker Campground to Donnells Lake)
Carson River - East Fork, Alpine County, 25 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Hangman's Bridge to CA-NV border)
Carson River - East Fork, Alpine County, 25 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Hangman's Bridge to Gardnerville)
 Ski Areas Near West Walker River:
Dodge Ridge, California , 37 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 40 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Heavenly, California , 42 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Kirkwood, California , 44 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
June Mountain, California , 45 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Badger Pass, California , 45 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 47 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 54 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Diamond Peak, Nevada , 54 miles away, 1840 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Mt. Rose, Nevada , 56 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 60 runs
 Marinas Near West Walker River:
Topaz Landing & Marina-Rv Park, Gardnerville , 15 miles away
Bridgeport Reservoir RV Park and Marina, Bridgeport , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near West Walker River:
Bridgeport Inn, Bridgeport , 14 miles away
Super 8 Gardnerville Topaz Lake, Gardnerville , 15 miles away
Best Western Topaz Lake Inn, Gardnerville , 15 miles away
Carson Valley Inn, Minden , 34 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MINDEN, Minden , 35 miles away
 Campgrounds Near West Walker River:
Bootleg Campground, Mono County, 2 miles away
Mill Canyon, Coleville, 2 miles away
Chris Flat Campground, Mono County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near West Walker River:
Lost Canyon Trail, Mono , 4 miles away, 9.9 hiking miles, 3648 feet elevation difference
Early Emigrant and Indian Trail, Mono , 6 miles away, 7.6 hiking miles, 2323 feet elevation difference
Corral Valley Trail, Alpine , 10 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 756 feet elevation difference
Silver King Trail, Alpine , 10 miles away,  23.6 hiking miles, 1976 feet elevation difference
Pacific Crest Trail - section 12, overlapping , 19 miles away, 67 hiking miles, 4061 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near West Walker River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 49 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 69 miles away
Echo Canyon State Park, Nevada , 9 miles away
Grover Hot Springs State Park, California , 29 miles away
Bodie State Park, California , 33 miles away
 Lakes Near West Walker River
Leavitt Lake, Mono , 15 miles away
Dorothy Lake, Tuolumne , 17 miles away
High Emigrant Lake, Tuolumne , 18 miles away

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