Monday, June 15, 2009

 

Coastal Rivers of Northern California - Paddle Boating Overview.

Rafting, Kayaking, River-tubing & Canoeing Guide - Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino & Sonoma Counties, California, USA.

Calm water paddle boating is available in the estuaries and near upstream sections. Tidal influences can extend surprisingly far inland, so calm water paddling on some rivers can continue long after the rain-fed flows of spring have diminished. Farther inland many of the larger rivers provide whitewater boating opportunities during the winter & spring rainy seasons.

North Coast CA Rivers Listed north to south:

A. Smith River Wild and Scenic, Del Norte County, whitewater.
B. Klamath River Wild and Scenic, Del Norte County, whitewater.
C. Redwood Creek, Humboldt County, whitewater.
D. Mad River, Humboldt County, whitewater.
E. Eel River Wild and Scenic, Humboldt County, whitewater.

F. Bear River, Humboldt County, class I+, 7 miles. (See river map below.)
        N 39.30286 W 123.78545 - Put-in.
        N 40.47578 W 124.38871 - Take-out.
        West Coast River Touring book, 1974. (pg. 160)

G. Mattole River, Humboldt County, whitewater.
H. Noyo River, Mendocino County, whitewater.

I. Big River, Mendocino County, class II+, 29 miles. (See river map below.)
        N 39.23119 W 123.36720 - Orrs Springs Put-in.
        N 39.30163 W 123.54881 - Confluence NF/SF Big River
        N 39.31504 W 123.70588 - Little NF Big River, Mendocino Woodlands Take-out.
                class I, 11 miles. (See river map below.)
        N 39.31504 W 123.70588 - Little NF Big River, Mendocino Woodlands Put-in.
        N 39.30229 W 123.79128 - Hwy 1 Bridge Take-out.
        West Coast River Touring book, 1974. (pg. 164-6)
        Ann Dwyer's Easy Waters of CA book, 2000. (pg. 90-91)

J. Albion River Wild and Scenic, Mendocino County, whitewater.
K. Navarro River, Mendocino County, whitewater.

L. Garcia River, Mendocino County, class I+, 18 miles. (See river map below.)
        N 38.86217 W 123.56855 - Voorhees Park Put-in.
        N 38.90326 W 123.60786 - Eureka Hill Rd Bridge
        N 38.94479 W 123.70108 - Hwy 1 Bridge Take-out.
        Ann Dwyer's Easy Waters of CA book, 2000. (pg. 84-85)

M. Gualala River Wild and Scenic, Sonoma County, whitewater.
N. Russian River, Sonoma County, whitewater.

O. Kayak Surfing on the California Coast - Ocean surf kayak playboating guide.

North Coast California river map for paddleboaters.

Instructions for online interactive topographic river maps & road maps.
• Full-screen road maps & topographic maps - see below.

Full-Screen River Map - landmarks on the north coast California rivers & creeks.
To see the names of landmarks displayed above (A, B, etc.) - DoubleClick or point on the red markers.

Online River Guides & River Flow Data for Paddle Boating.

North Coast CA Rivers Directory - Canoeing, Kayaking & Rafting.
(Click on All Tags, click on a river. Display options - alphabetical 100. See section 1.)

Printed River Guides & Maps for Paddleboating.

Ann Dwyer's Easy Waters of California North, 2000. (Smith River, Klamath River, Redwood Creek, Mad River, Eel River, Mattole River, Noyo River, Big River, Albion River, Navarro River, Garcia River, Gualala River, Russian River)
Paddling Northern California by Charlie Pike, 2001. (Eel River, Big River, Albion River, Navarro River)
Best Whitewater in California, Third Edition 1998. (Smith River, Klamath River, Redwood Creek, Mad River, Eel River, Russian River)
California Whitewater - A Guide to the Rivers, Third Edition 1995. (Smith River, Klamath River, Redwood Creek, Mad River, Eel River, Mattole River, Noyo River, Big River, Garcia River, Russian River)
West Coast River Touring - Rogue River Canyon and South, 1974. (Smith River, Klamath River, Redwood Creek, Mad River, Eel River, Bear River, Mattole River, Noyo River, Big River, Navarro River, Garcia River, Gualala River, Russian River)
Down the Wild Rivers- A Guide to the Streams of California, 1972. (Klamath River, Mad River, Eel River, Mattole River, Noyo River, Big River, Navarro River, Russian River)
Western Whitewater From the Rockies to the Pacific, 1994. (Smith River, Klamath River, Eel River)
California River Maps - Atlas & Gazetteer by Delorme, 2008.

North Coast California paddleboating reports NEEDED !!

Please send your trip reports from kayaking trips on coastal creeks & rivers. Stories, pictures & videos from boating trips will be linked here.
      Big River.
Big River canoeing video - mybluehouse 14sept2008.
Big River video - hammydon65 28april2008.
Bike Hike Kayak Big River Noyo River - mkeinhorn 04july2008.
kayaking big river video - studiodeb 19july2006.

Outdoor Activities in North Coast California River Canyons.

California River Watershed Directory - Conservation & Recreation.
      * Smith River, Klamath River, Redwood Creek, Mad River, Eel River, Mattole River, Noyo River, Big River, Albion River, Navarro River, Gualala River, Russian River.
Websites for recreation in California river canyons. (Click on the desired river. Display options - alphabetical 100. Section 1=kayaking, 2=rafting, 3=environment-conservation, 4=fishing, 5=hiking-camping, 6=more-information)

More Information on California Rivers & Creeks:
California Whitewater River Guides for Kayaking, River-tubing, Canoeing & Rafting.
• Some of our outstanding rivers have been protected:
      * USA National Wild & Scenic Rivers Program.
      * California State Wild and Scenic Rivers Program.
What to expect from these whitewater river kayaking and rafting guides - BRT Insights.

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