Friday, January 16, 2009


Big Sur River Wild & Scenic - California Whitewater Kayaking Overview.

Guide for Kayaking, IK, Rafting & Canoeing - Monterey County California, USA.

Whitewater Runs on Big Sur River - put-ins and other landmark locations.

A. Big Sur River Run, class II+, 7.5 miles.
put-in - N 36.24583 W 121.77341
alt take-out - N 36.27265 W 121.81160
alt take-out - N 36.28542 W 121.84336
take-out - N 36.28106 W 121.86009

Real-time Flow - Big Sur River whitewater.

Whitewater put-in locations - map of Big Sur River.

Instructions for online interactive road maps & topographic river maps.
• See below for full screen road maps & topographic maps.

Full-Screen River Map - Big Sur River landmarks.
DoubleClick or point on the red markers to see the names & coordinates of landmarks displayed above (A, B, etc.).

Online River Guides & River Flow Data for Paddle Boating.

Paddleboating Directory for Big Sur River.
(Click on All Tags, click on a river. Display options - alphabetical 100. See section 1.)

Printed Guidebooks for Big Sur River.

California River Maps - Atlas & Gazetteer by Delorme, 2008.

Paddleboating Stories from Big Sur River NEEDED !!

Send in your trip reports from whitewater kayaking on Big Sur River. I will post or link to whitewater boating trip stories, pictures & videos from guest authors.

Outdoor Activities in the Big Sur River Canyon.

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

Additional information:
• Creeks & rivers nearby: Carmel River, Little Sur River, (Sisquoc River, Manzana Creek, Cuyama River, Santa Maria River), Central & South Coast Rivers Region.
Kayaking, Rafting & Canoeing Guides for Whitewater Rivers in California.
• Big Sur River is protected within the Wild & Scenic Rivers USA National Program.
Using these whitewater river paddleboating guides - BRT Kayaking.

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Hey, I just went down the Big Sur River Feb. 28, 2010 with a buddy. Flows were around 600 cfs at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and nearing 1000 cfs at the ocean. Awesome trip! swift water, brushy, with 2 mandatory logjam portages that you must pay attention to notice. At the one island towards the bottom, we went left and that was the wrong choice, as there was a 3rd log jammed at head level in the middle of a wave train! We walked boats to the right channel and went from there - the right channel was brushy but better.

The II+ rapid was easy and fun, and the III cement drop was worth scouting and at a perfect level to run (had a 6' wide target area tongue to ride down). A beautiful stretch with more tribs running than expected, one a waterfall pouring directly into the river! Hoping to run it again soon at a slightly lower level (350-500 cfs).

Thanks for the trip report!!

Please keep me posted on your kayaking trips. It is nice to have recent information, especially about the smaller rivers and creeks, because they can vary so much from year to year due to logjams, brush growing in the channel, etc.
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