From anywhere in the United States you will find that the best hidden secret of whitewater rafting in California is Northern California’s un-dammed “Cal Salmon” River. California rafting on the Cal Salmon River is the ultimate in white water excitement and scenic beauty as the Cal Salmon flows through the Marble Mountains wilderness area in northern California and merges with the Klamath River on its unimpeded journey to the Pacific Ocean. This remote, unpopulated corner of California hosts some of the best white water rafting anywhere in the world.
The crystal clear Cal Salmon River churns into a frothy, stampeding torrent of white foam and breaking waves for nearly 30 miles. An occasional deep clear pool through the deep inner gorge allows a few moments of respite and deep breathing before the next set of runaway fun rapids, such as the famous Airplane turn, Swirling Dervish, Bloomers Falls, Cascade, Last Chance and Freight train!
We camp at a Forest Service group site at the Nordheimer campground on the banks of the Cal Salmon River. From this camp, for 2 days, we run various sections of river and since we will not be taking gear boats down river with us, you may bring along as many camp amenities as you like.
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SCOTT RIVER RAFTING
On day 4 of our rafting trip, we break down camp at the Cal Salmon and load up everything we brought and drive 1 hour to the beautiful Scott River as it flows towards the Klamath. The Scott is very continuous, non-stop slalom course around boulders and boat chewing holes. The eddys are few in the first half and our pulse will not slow down until the end. Mostly class IV rapids (with class V swims should you fall out!) plus a few bonus class V drops such as White House and Schuler’s rapid.
This region of Northern California is renown for its abundant wild life, bears, mountain lion, deer, bald eagles, egrets, red tail hawks, otters and beavers share their habitat with paddling enthusiasts a couple of months out of the year and for the rest, they enjoy their wilderness in peace. Drift down the waves of the Scott River and relax in the fresh air and beauty of one of Northern California’s most stunning river destinations!