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California whitewater, Willow Creek

Madera county, Chilkoot Campground to Bass Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     3 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Madera County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The starting point is not too far from Madera, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is a pretty short section so better bring some good walking shoes. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. There are campgrounds quite near the river where
    you can camp. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for
that around here. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Chilkoot Campground to Bass Lake section is one of them. The beautiful Central Sierra Nevada scenery is an added bonus. This stretch of Willow Creek is 3 miles long and is according to  
American Whitewater a class V section of whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Yosemite National Park is a fine local destination here at Willow Creek, and Slick Rock is an out of the ordinary site to check out while at Willow Creek. These mountains rock, just check out all the entertaining things to do in the Central Sierra Nevada. Have a great hiking adventure along the Chilnualna Fall Trail, and Angle Falls is a good local attraction. At this river you will always have a good time. While you're here at Willow Creek you have to pop by Willow Cove It's always great to have a look at Devils Slide.

Willow Creek, Chilkoot Campground to Bass 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 Willow Creek.
 Whitewater Near Willow Creek:
Willow Creek, Madera County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Chilkoot Campground to Bass Lake)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Greys Mt. Campground to Chilkoot Campground)
Fresno River, Madera County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Goldside Drive off road 600 to Road 600)
Coarse Gold Creek, Madera County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Coarsegold to Spinelli Road)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Kerckhoff Reservoir to Millerton Reservoir)
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, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Redinger Dam to Kerckhoff Reservoir)
Merced River - South Fork, Mariposa County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 16 miles long (Upper)
Fresno River, Madera County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 11 miles long (Road 600 to Road 415)
San Joaquin River, Fresno-Madera County, 14 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.9 miles long (Kerchoff #1 PH to Kerchoff #2)
 Ski Areas Near Willow Creek:
Badger Pass, California , 19 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 , 40 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 42 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 54 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 , 88 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 91 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
 Marinas Near Willow Creek:
Pines Marina, Bass Lake , 2 miles away
 Hotels Near Willow Creek:
Sierra Sky Ranch, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Oakhurst , 5 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Area, Oakhurst , 6 miles away
Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn, Oakhurst , 6 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Yosemite South Gate, Oakhurst , 7 miles away
Tenaya Lodge, Fish Camp , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Willow Creek:
Bass Lake Recreational Resort, Bass Lake, 1 miles away
Chilcoot Campground Sierra National Forest, Clovis, 1 miles away
Summit Adventure, Bass Lake, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Willow Creek:
Chilnualna Fall Trail, Mariposa , 13 miles away,  7 hiking miles, 2879 feet elevation difference
Mono Meadow Trail, Mariposa , 19 miles away,  5.2 hiking miles, 1019 feet elevation difference
Buena Vista Trail, Madera , 20 miles away,  22.4 hiking miles, 2797 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Willow Creek:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 15 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 58 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 21 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Willow Creek:
Ahwahnee Golf Course, Oakhurst , 9 miles away
River Creek Golf Course, Ahwahnee , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Willow Creek
Bass Lake, Madera , 4 miles away
Manzanita Lake, Madera , 6 miles away
Bare Island Lake, Madera , 9 miles away

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