river trips and whitewater expeditions
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| Alsek River
multi-day primal wilderness river thru the largest protected watershed.
The Tatshenshini Riverwatershed
is a World Heritage Site filled with glaciers, a Grizzly Bear
stronghold, the Alsek Range, the Kluane, St. Elias Range, the Noisy
Range, the Fairweather Range and the Brabazon Ranges.
at her best.
-personal preparations for trans-Chilean kayaking expedition - notes on
destinations and rivers
Misahualli, Cosanga, Jondachi
for the best in guided kayaking go with DeRiemer Adventure Kayaking!
- photos of 2005 Ecuador trip
The land of pool and drop
| Cal Salmon River
||The Slammin' Salmon
with great whitewater in the amazing Coastal Range setting of the
Trinity River Class 5
|Burnt Ranch Gorge
NorCal Class V in
bowels of the Trinity River Canyons - aint no messin around here
Trinity River Map
| Eel River
|The Eel River is California's third
river system and has many great runs to boat.
This wonderful river has been bastardized and stolen from to feed the
populations in Sonoma County.
Please join/donate to the Friends
the Eel River
| Feather River
Fork Feather River - Class V+ with
- best done as a three day
a remote and wild wilderness river in rugged fractured granite.
Flow range: 1000cfs to 1500cfs - Gradient: 70~110 feet per mile
Nelson Point 3,880' - Take-out: Milsap Bar Bridge 1,600'
Fork of the Feather River has three distinct/different canyons.
The first canyon is an amazing volcanic canyon followed by Franklin
then into Devil's Canyon.
Day one: technical Class 4 boulder gardens and big drops
Franklin Canyon, metamorphic bedrock, portaging sharp rocks, Pacific
Trail footbridge, Carpenter Creek river right.
Day three: portage Granite Dome Falls ( quarter-mile long series of
V+ drops), deep granite canyons.
| McCloud River
A true Nor-Cal jewel
|The Upper Run: (Fowler Campground to
10 miles Class III-IV AWA description
The McCloud River carves its way into a
scenic canyon in the shadow of Mt. Shasta, where a beautiful 10 mile
kayak run awaits
the adventuresome paddler.
The Lower Run:
(McCloud Reservoir to lake Shasta) 24 miles Class III-IV AWA description
The McCloud River is a jewel of Northern California
the southern end of the Cascade Range.
The native Wintu Indians speared and trapped steelhead and salmon in
unique watershed for centuries.
The white man murdered the McCloud River within 45 years of discovering
Private lands (Hearst family) line this run, so stay in your boat or
buckshot in your ass.
The McCloud River is lined with black bear, old growth Douglas fir,
yew, Ponderosa Pine, mountain lion, Canyon live oak and deep pools
with trout and amazing spring/summer insect hatches that make the trout
The McCloud River flows south to join the Pit River, and then makes
with the Sacramento River.
The McCloud river was once Wild and Free, but now has been murdered by
migration barrier known as the Shasta Dam (built in 1949).
now blocks the huge salmon and steelhead runs that used to make it all
way from the Pacific Ocean to the McCloud River.
The Shasta Dam ensured the demise of the endemic Shasta rainbow trout,
for its strong fighting and brilliant colors.
Directions to McCloud Reservoir
| Scott River
Scott River is a gem of a river in northern California near the Oregon
flowing North out of the Trinity Mountains dropping into a granite
on the eastern side of the Marble Mountains.
The Scott River is a tributary of the Klamath and part of the National
Wild and Scenic Rivers system.
Named for John Scott who discovered gold in the region in 1850.
Due to small snowpack reservoir and upriver irrigation needs, the
Scott's season is usually
Prepare for a very challenging run.
Tough rapids are almost continuous, with short pools separating sharp,
Tompkins Creek, Schuler Gulch and Canyon Creek.
Directions to putin: North on I-5, take the first Yreka exit. Turn left
take Hwy 3 to Fort Jones.
Continue thru the town and take a right by Ray's Supermarket onto the
The put-in is about 17 miles, just after the road crosses the river.
access is river left, just below the bridge.
If you get to Bridge Flat campground, you have gone a little too far.
The Scott River is about 1.5 to 2 hours driving time from Mt Shasta,
about 2.5 to 3 hours from Redding
| North Fork Yuba River
Class V - hairball at high flows - big drops and mandatory scouting for
Wild Plum Campground to Downieville - Class V - Ladies Canyon and Moss
high alpine, tight drops, blind sweeping Class IV/V lead in to Ladies
Hole, Boss Moss, Floss Moss and Lower Moss rapids
Rosasco Ravine (Downieville to Goodyears Bar Bridge) - Class V - 4
miles -flow range: 700 ~ 2750cfs
Rapids of note: Big Dummy,
The Flake, Little Dummy
Goodyears Bar Bridge to Hwy 49 Bridge - Class IV - 8.5 Miles
The AWA Description
Bar Dam to Middle Fork Yuba - Class V - 2.3 Miles
keeps you busy
Dogyaking Pine Creek
The Numbers Section
| Boulder Creek
Canyon Run - Town Run
Upper South Boulder Creek:
(Upper Upper South Boulder Creek)
to Pinecliffe (U2SB) - Pinecliffe to
Reservoir - Gross Dam to Eldorado Canyon
| Colorado River
||The Colorado River
the Grand Canyon
into Utah |Westwater Canyon, Colorado River
Classic Colorado and
desert and canyon boating through diverse geology.
Westwater Permit - call
- (Permits required year round)
| Dolores River
173 mile long river in South Western Colorado
The Dolores is truly a gem of SouthWestern Rivers
Typical Run: 32 miles (done in
Put in: Gateway,
out: Confluence of Dolores and Colorado rivers.
The Dolores is continually de-watered by dams and constantly
by Western sprawl,
water greed and political manuevering. Water
greed in the arid West has consumed yet another river.
- BLM Site
- Dove Creek to
SlickRock - 28 Miles
Canyon - Class
III - 13.5 miles
Crystal Dam to Chukar
- 16 miles of Class IV/V in Colorado's most beautiful chasm.
Below the Black Canyon
Gunnison, the river enters the Gunnison Gorge.
|Homestake Creek - a wonderful Colorado mountain stream
was once wild and free
- now dammed by greed and the sprawling subuurbia of Aurora -
| San Juan River
||Southern Colorado into Arizona - The
of the San Juan
Clay Hills Crossing (Lower San
Class I-II (III)
Miles - Max Gradient 11 fpm
| Yampa River
| The Yampa River Deerlodge, Colorado into Green River,
Yampa 2005 -
of the Ganglasourous
|Utah - land of 2% booze
|Cataract Canyon is
formed after the Green River
with the Colorado River.
The river then
its force, and carves a deep 100-mile-long chasm through the heart of Canyonlands National
Four/Five days - 100 miles
Description of Cataract Canyon
/ Washington - the
wet North West
|North Fork Smith River
North Fork Trinity River
the Greg River
the Scott River
Upper Klamath, and the Lower Klamath River - read more on the Klamath River
Oregon flows thru
Washington |The Grand Ronde has an usual
through unique wilderness,
and its a tributary to the
- there never was a tater like the Idaho spud
Fork Salmon River
|The Middle Fork Salmon
River boasts 100
miles of Idaho Wilderness
boating with 100 rapids - remote Wilderness character
A National Wild
River and national treasure. Many ghosts, legends, lore and history
the riverbanks of the Middle Fork Salmon River. Be prepared!
| Upper Selway
|North-Central Idaho Wild River, the Upper Selway River is
to get a permit for and is simply mind-blowing northern Idaho experience
|The Moyie River drops at an average 30 feet per mile, and keeps the excitement up for the duration.
Section: Copper Creek (2,580
to Moyie Dam (2,030 ft)
Length: 18 miles
East - The Southern States
- Beer, Bait and Ammo
is filled with many branches, creeks and rivers
Scenic Rivers Association
French Broad River, North Carolina - Woodfin to Alexander (section six)
Length: Seven Miles - Season: Year Round
Put-in: Woodfin River Park
Take-out: Alexander Bridge (This run is 20 minutes from Asheville, NC.)
Bent Creek to Hominy Creek (the
Length: seven miles - Season: Year Round
Put-in: Ben Creek River and Picnic Area Take-out: Hominy Creek
and Picnic Park
Creek - Cades Cove to US Hwy127 - Alex's
on Abrams Creek
Tennessee Paddling resources:
the North Carolina/Tennessee border is the world-famous Ocoee River.
A series of TVA hyrdro dams and diversions create The Upper and the
Occoee River: (site of the 1996 Olympic Slalom Course)
Provides a steeper, pool-drop style section of the Ocoee in a more
setting that the Middle Ocoee.
Rapids of Note in the Upper: Roach Motel, Lets Make a Deal, Edge
the World, Humongous.
The Middle Ocoee
Class III-IV - 4.5 mile continuous big water/waves.
Rapids of Note: Double Trouble, Table Saw, Double Suck and Hell Hole
|From its birthplace on the North
of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia,
the Hiawasee River flows NE into North Carolina, then turns West and
in the Cherokee, Nantahala and Chattahochee National Forests, helping
clarity in this watershed.
to Reliance Bridge
-Class II 5.8 Miles (safe and easy)
Section II of the Hiawassee
-HWY 68 to Hiawassee River
-Class IV-V 4.2 Miles (big drops and Class 5+)
| Nantahala River
|The Nantahala River flows throught the
Eight mile run full of crystal clear Class II-III rapids
Nantahala means "midday sun" in Cherokee language.
River Gauges - American
|The Salt River within the Salt River
Wilderness Area, Arizona
Born in Arizona's
Mountains, north of Globe, Arizona
The Salt river runs
granite gorges in pristine Sonoran desert,
in a typically 54
run that usually ends at the Theodore Roosevelt Dam.
The Salt River can
as a 1/2 day run or run to as many as a five day run.
When doing the
run, the Cherry Creek camp is a good layover site.
The Maze, Blackrock, Quartzite (sight of remodeling by dynamite)
Upper Salt River:
Flat to Pinal Creek
Saguaro cacti - high
Lower Salt River is
by the Mesa Ranger Station - Mesa, Arizona
Click here for Permit: ---> Permit:
River - Idaho
Yampa / Lodore /
Wild Rogue River - Oregon
Tonto National Forest
Salt River within the Salt River Canyon Wilderness
Canyon - Colorado
the Clean Water Act
|Wilderness: "an area where the
and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is
who does not remain ... an area protected and managed so as to preserve
Wilderness Act of 1964
on specific Colorado Runs: