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Oregon whitewater, Klamath River

Klamath county, JC Boyle Dam to Powerhouse section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV+     5 miles
  The natural beauty of Klamath County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The campgrounds here at Klamath River are pretty good. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature will have you
    coming back for more. The JC Boyle Dam to Powerhouse section of Klamath River is 5 miles long and is a class IV+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This stretch is mid length, you can easily run it on
an afternoon. When you're paddling down a Southern Cascade Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a pretty small number of paddling places. The put-in is not too far from Klamath Falls, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the JC  
Boyle Dam to Powerhouse stretch is just one of many. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
You simply should stop by Big Bend if you're here at Klamath River; at Klamath River you always meet someone from Keno. So many enjoyable things to do in the Southern Cascade Range, not sufficient time. Have a good hiking adventure along the South Pass Lake Trail, and going for a hike along the Moss Creek Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity.

Klamath River, JC Boyle Dam to Powerhouse 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 Klamath River.
 Whitewater Near Klamath River:
Trask River, Klamath County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 15 miles long (John Boyle Power Plant to Copco Lake)
Klamath River, Klamath County, 1 miles away
      Class IV+ - 5 miles long (JC Boyle Dam to Powerhouse)
Klamath River, Klamath County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 17 miles long (JC Boyle Powerhouse to Copco Reservoir)
Klamath River, Klamath County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 5.5 miles long (Keno Dam to JC Boyle Reservoir)
Jenny Creek, Jackson / Siskiyou County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 14 miles long (Ashland Oregon to Iron Gate Reservoir California)
Klamath River, Siskiyou County, 27 miles away
      Class II - 48 miles long (Iron Gate Dam to Sarah Totten Camp Ground)
 Ski Areas Near Klamath River:
Mount Shasta, California , 41 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 45 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Willamette Pass, Oregon , 77 miles away, 1563 foot drop, 6 lifts, 29 runs
 Marinas Near Klamath River:
Pelican Marina, Klamath Falls , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Klamath River:
Americas Best Value Inn, Klamath Falls , 20 miles away
Super 8 Klamath Falls, Klamath Falls , 20 miles away
Travelodge Klamath Falls, Klamath Falls , 20 miles away
Cerulean, Klamath Falls , 20 miles away
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel Klamath Falls, Klamath Falls , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Klamath River:
Topsy, Keno, 2 miles away
Topsy, Keno, 2 miles away
Stateline on the Klamath River, Keno, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Klamath River:
South Pass Lake Trail, Klamath , 12 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 3151 feet elevation difference
Moss Creek Trail, Klamath , 13 miles away,  7.6 hiking miles, 1926 feet elevation difference
Varney Creek Trail, Klamath , 14 miles away,  8.2 hiking miles, 1592 feet elevation difference
Mountain Lakes Trail, Klamath , 14 miles away,  17.2 hiking miles, 2862 feet elevation difference
Greylock Mountain Trail, Klamath , 16 miles away, 6.5 hiking miles, 3383 feet elevation difference
Brown Mountain Trail, Klamath , 19 miles away, 3.3 hiking miles, 560 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Klamath River:
Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake - OR , 41 miles away
Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake - CA , 42 miles away
Collier Memorial State Park, Oregon , 31 miles away
Jackson F. Kimball State Park, Oregon , 33 miles away
Rogue River National Forest, Oregon , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Klamath River:
Round Lake Golf Course-Rv Park, Klamath Falls , 11 miles away
Running Y Ranch Golf Resort, Klamath Falls , 15 miles away
Reames Golf & Country Club, Klamath Falls , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Klamath River
Pumpkinseed Lake, Siskiyou , 19 miles away
Upper Klamath Lake, Klamath , 19 miles away
Copco Lake, Siskiyou , 20 miles away

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