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* DRAINAGE BASIN details / beta / river notes
International Destinations
* Alsek River

Tatshenshini River
A 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.
Tatshenshini Alsek Confluence
Wild Alaska at her best.
* Chile
kayak Chile
-personal preparations for trans-Chilean kayaking expedition - notes on destinations and rivers
* Ecuador

Quijos, Misahualli, Cosanga, Jondachi
Paddle Ecuador 
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
Northern California Class V with great whitewater in the amazing Coastal Range setting of the Northwest Rainforest
Cal-Salmon map
* Burnt Ranch Gorge
Trinity River Class 5
Burnt Ranch Gorge
NorCal Class V in the bowels of the Trinity River Canyons  - aint no messin around here

Trinity River Map
* Eel River
The Eel River is California's third largest river system and has many great runs to boat.
This wonderful river has been bastardized and stolen from to feed the growing populations in Sonoma County.
Please join/donate to the Friends of the Eel River
* Feather River

American Whitewater
Middle Fork Feather River - Class V+ with portages - best done as a three day
This is a remote  and wild wilderness river in rugged fractured granite.

Length: 32.5 Miles - Best Flow range: 1000cfs to 1500cfs - Gradient: 70~110 feet per mile
Putin: Nelson Point 3,880' - Take-out: Milsap Bar Bridge 1,600'

The Middle Fork of the Feather River has three distinct/different canyons.
The first canyon is an amazing volcanic canyon followed by Franklin Canyon then into Devil's Canyon.

Day one: technical Class 4 boulder gardens and big drops

Day two: Franklin Canyon, metamorphic bedrock, portaging sharp rocks, Pacific Crest Trail footbridge, Carpenter Creek river right.
Day three: portage Granite Dome Falls ( quarter-mile long series of Class V+ drops), deep granite canyons.
* McCloud River

A true Nor-Cal jewel

Class III-IV

Upper Run
and a
Lower Run
The Upper Run: (Fowler Campground to McCloud Reservoir)
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 at the southern end of the Cascade Range.
The native Wintu Indians speared and trapped steelhead and salmon in this unique watershed for centuries.
The white man murdered the McCloud River within 45 years of discovering it.
Private lands (Hearst family) line this run, so stay in your boat or get buckshot in your ass.
The McCloud River is lined with black bear, old growth Douglas fir, Pacific yew, Ponderosa Pine, mountain lion, Canyon live oak and deep pools boiling with trout and amazing spring/summer insect hatches that make the trout come unglued.
The McCloud River flows south to join the Pit River, and then makes kokotat with the Sacramento River.
The McCloud river was once Wild and Free, but now has been murdered by the migration barrier known as the Shasta Dam (built in 1949).
The Shasta Dam now blocks the huge salmon and steelhead runs that used to make it all the way from the Pacific Ocean to the McCloud River.
The Shasta Dam ensured the demise of the endemic Shasta rainbow trout, known for its strong fighting and brilliant colors.
Driving Directions to McCloud Reservoir
* Scott River
Northern California

Class V

technical granite gorge
The Scott River is a gem of a river in northern California near the Oregon border flowing North out of the Trinity Mountains dropping into a granite gorge 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 short.
Prepare for a very challenging run.
Tough rapids are almost continuous, with short pools separating sharp, boulder choked drops.
Rapids:  White House, Tompkins Creek, Schuler Gulch and Canyon Creek.

Directions to putin: North on I-5, take the first Yreka exit. Turn left and take Hwy 3 to Fort Jones.
Continue thru the town and take a right by Ray's Supermarket onto the Scott River Road.
The put-in is about 17 miles, just after the road crosses the river. Put-in 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, and about 2.5 to 3 hours from Redding
*  North Fork Yuba River
nor Cal
North Fork Yuba River - Big Dummy
Love Canyon - Class V - hairball at high flows - big drops and mandatory scouting for a woody run

Wild Plum Campground to Downieville - Class V - Ladies Canyon and Moss Canyon
high alpine, tight drops, blind sweeping Class IV/V lead in to Ladies Canyon Hole, Boss Moss, Floss Moss and Lower Moss rapids
AWA Description
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
AWA Description

Bullards Bar Dam to Middle Fork Yuba - Class V  -    2.3 Miles that keeps you busy
support wild rivers
Colorado Lower Clear Creek
mank central
* Arkansas River
Pine Creek       Dogyaking Pine Creek
The Numbers Section
* Boulder Creek
Boulder Creek beta

Middle Boulder Creek: 
Canyon Run - Town Run

Upper South Boulder Creek:  Moffat Tunnel to Rollinsville (Upper Upper South Boulder Creek)

Rollinsville to Pinecliffe (U2SB)
Pinecliffe to Gross Reservoir  -
Gross Dam to Eldorado Canyon
* Colorado River The Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

Gore Canyon

Byers Canyon
* Westwater Canyon
Colorado into Utah
Westwater Canyon, Colorado River
Classic Colorado and Utah desert and canyon boating through diverse geology.

Westwater Permit - call (970) 244-3000 - (Permits required year round)

Recent Trips:

WestWater 2005

Westwater 2004

WestWater 2002
* Dolores River
A 173 mile long river in South Western Colorado
The Dolores is truly a gem of SouthWestern Rivers
Snaggletooth Rapid
Typical Run: 32 miles (done in three days)
Put in: Gateway, Colorado
Take out: Confluence of Dolores and Colorado rivers.
The Dolores is continually de-watered by dams and constantly threatened by Western sprawl,
water greed and political manuevering.  Water greed in the arid West has consumed yet another river.
- BLM Site
- American Whitewater Site
- Dove Creek to SlickRock - 28 Miles  Class 2~3
* Gunnison River
Black Canyon - Class 5

Gunnison Gorge
Class III - 13.5 miles
Black Canyon of the Gunnision
Crystal Dam to Chukar Trail - 16 miles of Class IV/V in Colorado's most beautiful chasm.

Below the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, the river enters the Gunnison Gorge.
* Homestake Creek
Eagle County, Colorado
Homestake Creek - a wonderful Colorado mountain stream that was once wild and free
- now dammed by greed and the sprawling subuurbia of Aurora
* San Juan River Southern Colorado into Arizona - The Goosenecks of the San Juan
san juan river goosenecks

Mexican Hat to Clay Hills Crossing (Lower San Juan)

Class I-II (III) -  56 Miles  -  Max Gradient 11 fpm
* Yampa River
The Yampa River Deerlodge, Colorado into Green River, Utah
Yampa 2005 - Return of the Ganglasourous
Utah - land of 2% booze
Big Drop Two
Cataract Canyon is formed after the Green River joins with the Colorado River.

The river then doubles its force, and carves a deep 100-mile-long chasm through the heart of Canyonlands National Park

Four/Five days - 100 miles

  American Whitewater Description of Cataract Canyon
Oregon / Washington  - the wet North West
* Klamath River
North Fork Smith River
North Fork Trinity River
Wooley Creek
the Greg River
the Scott River
Upper Klamath, and the Lower Klamath River - read more on the
Klamath River
* Grand Ronde River
begins in Oregon flows thru South-East Washington
The Grand Ronde has an usual path through unique wilderness,
and its a
tributary to the Snake River
Idaho - there never was a tater like the Idaho spud
* Middle Fork Salmon River
central Idaho
The Middle Fork Salmon River  boasts 100 miles of Idaho Wilderness boating with 100 rapids  - remote Wilderness character
A National Wild and Scenic River and national treasure. Many ghosts, legends, lore and history line the riverbanks of the Middle Fork Salmon River.  Be prepared!
* Upper Selway River
northern Idaho
North-Central Idaho Wild River, the Upper Selway River is hard to get a permit for and is simply mind-blowing northern Idaho experience
* Moyie River
Class III-IV
Permit: No

The Moyie River drops at an average 30 feet per mile, and keeps the excitement up for the duration.

Section: Copper Creek (2,580 ft) to Moyie Dam (2,030 ft)
Length: 18 miles
South East - The Southern States - Beer, Bait and Ammo beer, bait and ammo!
* Tennessee Rivers
Tennessee is filled with many branches, creeks and rivers
Sevierville, Tennessee    Tennessee 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 Biltmore Run)
Length: seven miles - Season: Year Round
Put-in: Ben Creek River and Picnic Area  Take-out: Hominy Creek River and Picnic Park

Abrams Creek - Cades Cove to US Hwy127 -
Alex's page on Abrams Creek

Tennessee Paddling resources:
Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association
* Ocoee River
North Carolina/Tennessee
Straddling the North Carolina/Tennessee border is the world-famous Ocoee River.
A series of TVA hyrdro dams and diversions create The Upper and the Middle Ocoee River:

The Upper Occoee River: (site of the 1996 Olympic Slalom Course)
Provides a steeper, pool-drop style section of the Ocoee in a more remote setting that the Middle Ocoee.
Rapids of Note in the Upper:  Roach Motel, Lets Make a Deal, Edge of the World, Humongous.

The Middle Ocoee River:  Class III-IV - 4.5 mile continuous big water/waves.
Rapids of Note: Double Trouble, Table Saw, Double Suck and Hell Hole
* Hiawassee River
From its birthplace on the North West slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia,
the Hiawasee River flows NE into North Carolina, then turns West and enters Tennessee. 

The Hiawassee River lies in the Cherokee, Nantahala and Chattahochee National Forests, helping water clarity in this watershed.

Appalachia Powerhouse to Reliance Bridge -Tennessee -Class II   5.8 Miles (safe and easy)
Reliance to Calhoun - Section II of the Hiawassee
Turtletown Creek -HWY 68 to Hiawassee River - Tennessee -Class IV-V  4.2 Miles (big drops and Class 5+)
* Nantahala River
The Nantahala River flows throught the Nantahala Gorge
Eight mile run full of crystal clear Class II-III rapids
Nantahala means "midday sun" in Cherokee language.
Tennnessee River Gauges - American Whitewater Tennessee Gauges
* Salt River

Salt River Permit
The Salt River within the Salt River Canyon Wilderness Area, Arizona

Born in Arizona's White Mountains, north of Globe, Arizona
The Salt river runs though granite gorges in pristine Sonoran desert,
in a typically 54 mile run that usually ends at the Theodore Roosevelt Dam.

The Salt River can be run as a 1/2 day run or run to as many as a five day run.
When doing the multi-day run, the Cherry Creek camp is a good layover site.
Rapids worth remembering: The Maze, Blackrock, Quartzite (sight of remodeling by dynamite)

Upper Salt River: Gleanson Flat to Pinal Creek
Saguaro cacti - high desert vegetation

Lower Salt River is governed by the Mesa Ranger Station - Mesa, Arizona
(Season: Feb~May)    Click here for Permit: ---> Permit:

Western River Permits:

Middle Fork Salmon River - Idaho

Yampa / Lodore / Green Rivers- Colorado/Utah

Wild Rogue River - Oregon

Salt River
Tonto National Forest

Salt River within the Salt River Canyon Wilderness Area

San Juan River

Westwater Canyon - Colorado
Dam Fools

the Clean Water Act
Wilderness:  "an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain ... an area protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions." 
The Wilderness Act of 1964
Flow info on specific Colorado Runs:

Trip Distances (time and miles):
Drive Time
Nederland to Grand Junction, Colorado
235 miles 4.5 hours
Nederland to Westwater, Colorado
275 miles 5 hours
Nederland to Moab, Utah
290 miles 6.25 hours
Nederland to Flagstaff, Arizona
775 miles 12 hours
Nederland to Great Sand Dunes, Colorado
340 miles 4 hours
Nederland to Radium Camp, Colorado River 125 miles
2.25 hours
Nederland to Deerlodge Park, Colorado (Yampa Canyon putin)
265 miles
5~6 hours
Nederland to Nevada City, California 1150 miles 24 hours
Banks Idaho (NF Payette River) to Boulder, Colorado 1075 miles 22 hours
North Fork Idaho to Rock Springs, Wyoming 550 miles
10 hours
Nederland to Mt. Shasta City, California
1250 miles
26 hours

Flagstaff Arizona to Rifle Colorado
500 miles
8 hours
Nederland to Palisade, Colorado
230 miles
4 hours
Nederland to Silverton, Colorado
365 miles
6 hours

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