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California whitewater, Willow Creek

Madera county, Greys Mt. Campground to Chilkoot Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     3 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Madera, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This stretch of Willow Creek in Madera County is 3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class V section. The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are
    not easy. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Greys Mt. Campground to Chilkoot Campground section is one of them. This is a short paddling stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and
over. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. The natural beauty of Madera County and the water flowing gracefully down Willow Creek will make you feel great. There's camping available near Willow Creek. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whitewater paddling here  
in the Central Sierra Nevada is a great experience. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Chilnualna Fall Trail, and don't miss out on a trip to Yosemite National Park since you're here. If you want a great time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Central Sierra Nevada. While you're here at Willow Creek you will meet lots of people from close by Wishon. At Willow Creek all through the long summer days highs are in the 80's. Once the sun is down it descends down to the 50's.

Willow Creek, Greys Mt. Campground to Chilkoot Campground 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 Willow Creek.
 Whitewater Near Willow Creek:
Willow Creek, Madera County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Greys Mt. Campground to Chilkoot Campground)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Chilkoot Campground to Bass Lake)
Merced River - South Fork, Mariposa County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 16 miles long (Upper)
Fresno River, Madera County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Goldside Drive off road 600 to Road 600)
Big Creek, Mariposa County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1 miles long (Chowchilla Mountain Road to South Fork Merced River)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Kerckhoff Reservoir to Millerton Reservoir)
Coarse Gold Creek, Madera County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Coarsegold to Spinelli Road)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Redinger Dam to Kerckhoff Reservoir)
Fresno River, Madera County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 11 miles long (Road 600 to Road 415)
San Joaquin River, Fresno-Madera County, 15 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.9 miles long (Kerchoff #1 PH to Kerchoff #2)
 Ski Areas Near Willow Creek:
Badger Pass, California , 18 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Sierra Summit, California , 28 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
June Mountain, California , 38 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 40 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 53 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 71 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 81 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 87 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 90 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
 Marinas Near Willow Creek:
Pines Marina, Bass Lake , 3 miles away
 Hotels Near Willow Creek:
Sierra Sky Ranch, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Oakhurst , 6 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Area, Oakhurst , 8 miles away
Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn, Oakhurst , 8 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Yosemite South Gate, Oakhurst , 8 miles away
Tenaya Lodge, Fish Camp , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Willow Creek:
Chilcoot Campground Sierra National Forest, Clovis, 0 miles away
Chilkoot Campground, Madera County, 0 miles away
Greys Mountain Campground, Madera County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Willow Creek:
Chilnualna Fall Trail, Mariposa , 12 miles away,  7 hiking miles, 2879 feet elevation difference
Mono Meadow Trail, Mariposa , 17 miles away,  5.2 hiking miles, 1019 feet elevation difference
Buena Vista Trail, Madera , 19 miles away,  22.4 hiking miles, 2797 feet elevation difference
Panorama Trail, Mariposa , 19 miles away, 7.1 hiking miles, 3896 feet elevation difference
Mist Trail, Mariposa , 20 miles away,  2.8 hiking miles, 1214 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Willow Creek:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 14 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 56 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 20 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Willow Creek:
Ahwahnee Golf Course, Oakhurst , 11 miles away
River Creek Golf Course, Ahwahnee , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Willow Creek
Bass Lake, Madera , 5 miles away
Manzanita Lake, Madera , 7 miles away
Bare Island Lake, Madera , 8 miles away

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