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Rafting/Kayaking in the Sierra ?

Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 5:47 am
by The Other Tom
Anybody raft or kayak in the Sierra ? I've googled a few sites and Cherry Creek seems pretty good. Anybody done Cherry Creek ?

I'm thinking of putting together a combined hike/raft trip. Any recommendations ?

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:54 pm
by dave54
I canoe, so here is my list.

Go north a bit.

Lassen Volcanic NP, the northeast corner, is Butte Lake. The only road access is the north end. You can paddle down to the south end (about 1.5 miles or so) and camp. A network of trails to the interior of the Park is accessible from there.

Ahjumawi State Park further north. A unique State Park as there is no public road access -- boat only. The boat-in campground could be a base camp for day hikes.

Or paddle way up the Pit or Squaw Creek arm of Shasta Lake -- past the points where skiing is allowed and the canyons get narrow. Camp and day hike.

The Lakes Basin area on the boundary between Plumas and Tahoe NFs. A chain of numerous small lakes gives some paddle-and-portage possibilities.

Sacramento River from Redding to Red Bluff passes through nice country. Again, camp and day hike.

I haven't tried it, but the Three Lakes area adjacent to Buck Lake Wilderness looks possible.

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:10 pm
by The Other Tom
Thanks for the input !!

Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 11:49 pm
by norcalhiker
Cherry Creek is a seriously serious river. I wouldn't do it personally.

I've done some of the other CA rivers though and can recommend them all. South, Middle and North Forks of the American, Tuolumne, Merced, Cal Salmon, Cache Creek,...

Try the Tuolumne if you want some big fun. Chill out on Cherry Creek if you're not very experienced.

Check out and

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 2:55 pm
by The Other Tom
Thanks for the reply, Norcalhiker.
If we wind up doing Cherry Creek, it will be with a licensed rafting company.

Posted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 7:45 pm
by Sierra Ledge Rat
Whitewater is the Sierra is legendary. The headwater of the Kern River is an epic class 5 run. Dry Meadow Creek is one of the most spectacular runs in the USA.

Check out American Whitewater for a complete listing of the Sierra creeks and rivers.

Re: Rafting/Kayaking in the Sierra ?

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:49 am
by hurricaniac
Upper Cherry Ck. is class 5-6 and a good 6 hr. hike in with boats/gear. This is world-class stuff and requires those skills. The guys who run it paddle 6 days a week.