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Shasta Cascade Whitewater Rafting

Shasta Cascade Whitewater Rafting Overview

Shasta Cascade

California's Shasta Cascade has several whitewater rafting rivers and plenty of professional guide services to make your experience memorable. From the class V rapids of the secluded Scott or Salmon Rivers, to the class II & III excitement of the Trinity, California has a river rafting experience for any skill level. A diversity of scenery includes redwood forests, deep granite-walled canyons, Indian caves & petroglyphs, and it all depends on which waterway you choose. Some portions of this region can even be navigated by canoe.

Shasta Cascade

The Klamath is divided in two with the upper portion being for the more experienced and main portion offering whitewater rafting for just about anyone. The Upper K starts with over 5-miles of class 3 whitewater rapids which evolves into an equal distance of exhilarating class 4+. The last portion is wide and mellow. Indian caves and petroglyphs can be found along the route.
The Klamath is a good choice for families or first-timers. Long expanses of Class 3 whitewater rapids can be broken into several days of river rafting. Waterfalls, swimming holes, fishing spots and campsites are abundant. The Yurok and Karuk Indian Tribes are settled along the Klamath. Camping and stopping is prohibited during their yearly ceremonies.

CLASS: Class III-V
DISTANCE: 40 miles
SEASON: April - October
LOCATION: North-northwest of Yreka

OUTFITTERS:
Six Rivers Rafting
Adventure Connection
Adventure Center
River Country Rafting
W.E.T. River Trips
Orange Torpedo Trips
Momentum River Expeditions
Oars
Tributary Whitewater Tours
Rogue Klamath River Adventures
Living Waters Recreation
American River Recreation
Redwoods & Rivers

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The Salmon offers plenty of class 4 and 5 whitewater rapids through granite-walled canyons. The California portion of the Salmon River is popular with experienced whitewater rafting groups.

CLASS: Class IV-V
DISTANCE: 18 miles
SEASON: April - July
LOCATION: Northwest of Redding

OUTFITTERS:
Six Rivers Rafting
Adventure Connection
Salmon River Experience
Salmon River Outfitters
Tour West River Adventures
Wilderness Adventures
W.E.T. River Trips
All Outdoors
Momentum River Expeditions
Oars
Tributary Whitewater Tours
Rogue Klamath River Adventures
Living Waters Recreation
American River Recreation
Redwoods & Rivers

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The Trinity has plenty of class 2 and 3 rapids that's perfect for families, first-timers or those with experience in a canoe. There are many choices for camping along the Trinity. Machinery from the Gold Rush era dots the shoreline in the northern portion. Whitewater rafting is best during September when water is released for Hupa Indian ceremonies.
Relax on the quiet and peaceful Class II Skunk Point and Big Rock-Tish Tang runs. Be ready for the river rafting adventure and challenge of Hell Hole, Z-Drop, Pinball and Fishtail rapids on the Class III Pigeon Point Run. Below the fun class 2 and 3 whitewater rapids of the Trinity is a section to take seriously called Burnt Ranch Gorge. A plethora of falls, holes and waves reserve this section for experienced paddlers only. Boulders and narrow canyons require paddle boat passage only. Waterfalls have up to 10-foot drops. This is one of the few rivers that remains a class 5 through the summer months.

CLASS: Class II-V
DISTANCE: 35 miles
SEASON: April - October
LOCATION: West of Redding

OUTFITTERS:
Six Rivers Rafting
Wilderness Adventures
Trinity River Rafting
Bigfoot Rafting
Tributary Whitewater Tours
Redwoods & Rivers
Living Waters Recreation

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White water rafting the Sacramento is possible in the upper portions north of Lake Shasta. The Upper Sac is easily accessible and seldom navigated. Fun class 3 whitewater rapids are split by the triple drop of Mears Creek Falls that many choose to walk around.

CLASS: Class III-IV
DISTANCE: 35 miles
SEASON: April - June
LOCATION: North of Redding

OUTFITTERS:
Wilderness Adventures
Trinity River Rafting
River Dancers
Tributary Whitewater Tours
All Outdoors
Living Waters Recreation

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Cache Creek flows out of Clear Lake heading east toward the Sacramento River and has plenty of class 2 whitewater rafting that is perfect for those looking to do it on there own, even in a canoe. Raft rentals and shuttles are available nearby. The only gotcha is a class 3+ rapid right after the Highway 16 bridge.

CLASS: Class II-III+
DISTANCE: 20 miles
SEASON: Year round
LOCATION: Northwest of Woodland

OUTFITTERS:
Cache Canyon Whitewater
Tributary Whitewater Tours
Tahoe Whitewater Tours

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The Feather flows alongside Highway 70, one of California's most scenic highways. Fun class 3 and 4 river rafting is possible only during dam releases. Waterfalls and excellent trout fishing abound. Wonderful cabin resorts line the shores of the Feather.

CLASS: Class III-IV
DISTANCE: 15 miles
SEASON: April - June
LOCATION: Northeast of Oroville

OUTFITTERS:
American Whitewater
Tributary Whitewater Tours

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