Upper Klamath River Hells Corner Whitewater Rafting: Experience Some of California's Best Summer Class 4+ Whitewater
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The Upper Klamath River offers some some of the best summer Class 4 rafting and the only “big water” California whitewater summer run. Its has the longest rapids in the west and it is relatively uncrowded due to its location on the California/Oregon border. A trip to this exciting N. California river is definitely well worth it.
We get an early start on this rafting trip, meeting in Weed or Mt. Shasta by 8:00 am. Its a fairly long shuttle up across the Oregon border to the put-in where we get those consistent all summer flows from the J.C. Boyle Power House. The trip starts out with 5+ miles of Class 3 rapids to warm up on before tackling the big stuff.
The gradient changes, and the next 6 miles offers some wild whitewater with the Class 4+ Caldera (200 yards) and Hells Corner (600 yards) being the highlights. The rapids are long and the water big. The Klamath River crosses into California and below the State-line, the canyon opens up and the river mellows, allowing you to try your hand at guiding the rafts or body-surfing. The take out is at mile 17 above Copco Lake.
The area was inhabited by the Indians and some historic remains from old mines and ranches can be visited. The wild life is abundant with blue herons, bald & golden eagles, ospreys, Canada Geese, deer and the caves along route are home to the protected Townsend's Big Eared Bats.
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
1 DAY TRIP: $158 weekday / $168 weekend
2 DAY TRIP: $348 weekday / $358 weekend
A 5% River use fee is applied to all reservations.
Youth and Group discounts available from 5-20%, please refer to our website for more information.
What To Expect: Two-Days TripKlamath River, California, United States
On a two-day trip, you’ll camp at the Oregon/California border. Guests can try their hand at catching wild trout, swim in the usually warm waters or just relax discussing the days run after setting up camp. Then sip wine and cold beer while your guides prepare the evening meal. Appetizers of vegetables, dip, cheese and crackers are served. Barbecued chicken, tri-tip steak or Dutch oven lasagna follows. There is also a baked potato or rice, a sumptuous mixed salad and garlic bread. Make sure you leave room for a Dutch-oven baked desert or cheesecake with whipped cream.
You awaken next morning to the aroma of coffee brewing and breakfast sizzling, before the ride back upstream to the old Frain Ranch site above the best whitewater section. On the second day you’ll run this six-mile stretch again and then continue downstream from the campsite to the take-out at Copco Lake, an 11-mile run. Below the state line, the canyon opens up and the river mellows, allowing you to try your hand at guiding the rafts, bodysurfing or trying an inflatable kayak.
Water flows are released from the JC Boyle and are out of the control of Tributary Whitewater Tours.
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