Friday, December 19, 2008


Smith River Wild and Scenic, California & Oregon - Whitewater Paddleboating Overview.

Whitewater River Rafting, Kayaking & Canoeing Guide - Del Norte County, California & Curry County, Oregon USA.

Put-in locations for Smith River Whitewater Paddleboating Runs.

Run name (whitewater class)(coordinates of put-ins & other landmarks).

Smith River Main.
A. Panther Flat to above Oregon Hole Gorge Run (class II+).
put-in - N 41.84226 W 123.93278
take-out - N 41.81438 W 124.04346

B. Oregon Hole Gorge (class IV+)
put-in - N 41.81438 W 124.04346
take-out - N 41.80176 W 124.05350

C. Hiouchi to Crescent City (class I-II).
put-in - N 41.79669 W 124.05461
take-out - N 41.89495 W 124.15242

North Fork Smith River.
D. North Fork Smith River (class IV).
put-in - N 42.00286 W 123.88276
take-out - N 41.84361 W 123.99483

Middle Fork Smith River.
E. Upstream from Middle Fork Gorge (class ??).
put-in - N 41.91976 W 123.76446 ??
take-out - N 41.87662 W 123.83141 ??

F. Middle Fork Gorge (class V).
put-in - N 41.87662 W 123.83141 ??
take-out -

G. Patrick Creek to Gasquet (class III-IV).
put-in - N 41.87261 W 123.84367
take-out - N 41.84361 W 123.99483

South Fork Smith River.
H. South Fork Smith River (class III).
put-in - N 41.69323 W 123.92956
take-out - N 41.79150 W 124.02603

I. South Fork Gorge. (class V)
put-in - N 41.79150 W 124.02603
take-out - N 41.79669 W 124.05461

Map showing put-in locations for whitewater runs - Smith River.

River map user instructions.
• Full screen river map - see below.

Full-Screen Road & Topographic Maps: Smith River put-in locations.
Markers on the topo map show locations of put-ins listed above (A, B, etc.).
Point or DoubleClick on the markers to see their names.

Online River Guides & River Flow Data for Paddle Boating.

Smith River Whitewater Paddleboating Directory.
(Display options - alphabetical 100. See section 1.)

Printed Guide Books for Smith River White Water.

West Coast River Touring - Rogue River Canyon and South, 1974. (pg. 67-73)
Ann Dwyer's Easy Waters of California North, 2000. (pg. 150-153)
Best Whitewater in California, Third Edition 1998. (pg 67-74)
California Whitewater - A Guide to the Rivers, Third Edition 1995. (pg.244-253)
Western Whitewater From the Rockies to the Pacific, 1994. (pg. 389-392)
California River Maps - Atlas & Gazetteer by Delorme, 2008.

Smith River - Adventure Stories & Trip Reports NEEDED !!

• Please contact me to send in your Smith River trip report. I'm eager to post or link to paddleboating trip stories from guest authors, especially if whitewater boating pictures and/or videos are included.
Wheels & Water: NF Smith River 15march2010
Rafting the Smith River - All Outdoors 23feb2008.
Smith River MF III-IV - darinm 29nov2005.
Smith River NF III-IV - darinm 29nov2005.
Smith River SF Lower Gorge III-IV - darinm 29nov2005.
Smith River SF Upper Gorge - darinm 29nov2005.
Smith River NF - oregonkayaking 2002.
Smith River, Oregon Hole Gorge - oregonkayaking 2001.
Smith River, Lower South Fork Gorge - oregonkayaking 2002.
Oregon Hole at 80000 cfs - oregonkayaking 09dec2004.
Flood Stage Kayaking video - paulgamache 30aug2006.
Smith River Triple Crown video - oldcore14 20feb2008.
Team Kettle Chips: Big water on the Smith River, CA 14jan2008.

Whitewater River Conservation & Recreation.

• Smith River is preserved within the Wild & Scenic Rivers USA National Program.
Smith River Watershed Directory - Environmental Conservation & Recreation. Smith River valley websites. (Display options - alphabetical 100. Section 1=kayaking-canoeing, 2=rafting, 3=conservation, 4=fishing, 5=hiking-camping, 6=local-resources)

Additional information:
How to use whitewater river paddleboating guides - BRT Kayaking.
• Rivers & creeks nearby: Klamath River, Redwood Creek.
North Coast California River Guides for Paddleboating.
Paddle Boating Guides for Whitewater Rivers in California .

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