Monday, February 20, 2006


New Put-in for the Bear Creek Whitewater Run into Cache Creek

Today JimH and I did some road scouting. We stopped at the grocery store in Winters to get some stuff for lunch. I also picked up some great beef jerky for snacks. A light dusting of snow on the Coast Range and the almond trees in bloom in the Capay Valley made it a great day to be out and about. Not too many big birds around today, but we saw at least a dozen different kinds of little birds while having lunch overlooking the creek.

There is a new put-in point for the Bear Creek Whitewater Run into Cache Creek (Colusa County, California, United States). Cowboy Camp is on BLM land on Hwy 16 about 1 mi south of the Hwy 20 intersection. There are 2 toilets, lots of free parking, and convenient river access. There is not currently a sign on Hwy 16 marking the turnoff into Cowboy Camp, but the toilets are visible from the hwy.

Distances on the Creek:

Cowboy Camp to First Bridge - 2.3 mi
      class I and class II warmup section
First Bridge to Second Bridge - 1 mi
      Ursa 1, Ursa 2 and Ursa 3 Rapids class IV/V
Second Bridge to Cache Ck confluence - 2.7 mi
      class III/IV and ending with class II

This great whitewater run is quite pretty despite the proximity of the road. The road is very lightly travelled and is not visible from the creek over much of the run. The flow on this run spikes up quickly after a winter or spring rainstorm and then goes down quickly, so it is difficult to catch this creek at an optimum flow.

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