Friday, August 07, 2009


Salinas River - California Whitewater River Kayaking & Canoeing Overview.

Including Tributaries Nacimiento River, San Antonio River & Arroyo Seco River - Monterey County & San Luis Obispo County, California, USA.

Jump to: Nacimiento River, San Antonio River, Arroyo Seco River, Salinas River.

Salinas River canyon - put-in locations for Whitewater Kayaking, River-tubing, Rafting & Canoeing.

Tributary Creeks.
A. Nacimiento River Hunter Liggett to Turtle Creek (class I-IIIp, 15 miles)
      N 35.87486 W 121.21834 - Hunter Liggett put-in (A)
      N 35.79912 W 121.10770 - Turtle Ck take-out.

B. Nacimiento River below reservoir (class I+p, 10.4 miles)
      N 35.76100 W 120.88428 - Below Nacimiento dam put-in (B)
      N 35.81308 W 120.75897 - Tower Rd Bridge take-out (H)

C. San Antonio River above reservoir (class II+, 10.7 miles)
      N 35.98467 W 121.23937 - Fergusson Rd bridge put-in (C)
      N 35.89705 W 121.08860 - Interlake Rd bridge take-out.

D. San Antonio River below reservoir (class Ip, 8.5 miles)
      N 35.79912 W 120.88519 - Vista Dam Rd Bridge put-in (D)
      N 35.86403 W 120.81019 - Bradley Rd Bridge take-out (I)

E. Arroyo Seco River - Arroyo Center to Miller's Lodge (class III, 5 miles)
      N 36.23578 W 121.47765 - Picnic Area put-in (E)
      N 36.25344 W 121.43103 - Miller's Lodge take-out.

F. Arroyo Seco River - Miller's Lodge to Elm Ave bridge (class III, 9.5 miles)
      N 36.25344 W 121.43103 - Miller's Lodge put-in (F)
      N 36.28095 W 121.32284 - Elm Ave Bridge take-out.

Salinas River.
G. Santa Margarita to Atascadero (class I/IIp, 9.5 miles)
      N 35.40798 W 120.56817 - Santa Margarita put-in (G)
      N 35.50093 W 120.65924 - Atascadero take-out.

H. Camp Roberts to Bradley (class I, 5.9 miles)
      N 35.81312 W 120.75902 - Tower Rd Bridge put-in (H)
      N 35.86387 W 120.81030 - Bradley Rd Bridge take-out (I)

I. Bradley to San Ardo Oil Field (class Ip, 7.5 miles)
      N 35.86387 W 120.81030 - Bradley Rd Bridge put-in (I)
      N 35.95939 W 120.88231 - San Ardo Oil Field take-out (J)

J. San Ardo Oil Field to San Ardo (class I, 6 miles)
      N 35.95939 W 120.88231 - San Ardo Oil Field put-in (J)
      N 36.01675 W 120.91252 - San Ardo take-out (K)

K. San Ardo to San Lucas (class Ip, 10.5 miles)
      N 36.01675 W 120.91252 - San Ardo put-in (K)
      N 36.11708 W 121.02745 - San Lucas take-out (L)

L. San Lucas to King City (class I, 10 miles)
      N 36.11708 W 121.02745 - San Lucas put-in (L)
      N 36.20273 W 121.13903 - King City take-out.

M. Gonzalez River Rd Bridge to Chualar River Rd Bridge (class I, 9 miles)
      N 36.48649 W 121.46986 - Gonzalez River Rd Bridge put-in (M)
      N 36.55564 W 121.54801 - Chualar River Rd Bridge take-out.

Salinas River map for paddleboaters.

Instructions for online interactive topographic river maps & road maps.
Full-Screen River Map - landmarks on the Salinas River.
• Point or DoubleClick on the red markers to see the names of landmarks (A, B, etc.).

Salinas River Guides, Maps & River Flow Data for Whitewater Boating.

West Coast River Touring - Rogue River Canyon and South, 1974. (pg. 215-221, Salinas, Nacimiento, San Antonio & Arroyo Seco)
Ann Dwyer's Easy Waters of California North, 2000. (pg. 334)
California River Maps - Atlas & Gazetteer by Delorme, 2008.
• Online guides & river flow data: Salinas River Paddlesports Directory.

Salinas River valley paddleboating reports NEEDED !!

Please send your trip reports from Salinas River white water boating trips. Stories, pictures & videos from boating trips will be linked here.
Arroyo Seco & NF Stan video - bhouse38 18oct2009
Charging the Salinas River video - caliangler 25jan2008.
Arroyo Seco River photos - Loma Prieta Paddlers 15jan2005.
Western Waters Canoe Club - Salinas River trip photos.
Santa Margarita Lake/Salinas River photos - Central Coast Paddlers Network 09feb2008.
Salinas River - Google Images.

Outdoor Activities & Environmental Protection & in our Amazing River Canyons.

Salinas River Watershed Directory - Conservation & Recreation. Websites for the Salinas River Valley. (Display options alphabetical 100. Section 1&2=kayaking-rafting-canoeing-paddlesports, 3=conservation-environment, 4=fishing, 5=camping-hiking, 6=other-websites)

More Information on California Rivers & Creeks:
Nearby streams: Pajaro River, Carmel River, Central
& South Coast Rivers Region
Whitewater River Guides for California Kayaking, River-tubing, Canoeing & Rafting Paddlesports, Geographical List - BRT Insights.
How to use whitewater river rafting and kayaking guides - BRT Insights.

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