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Otter Bar Lodge Kayak School
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Forks of Salmon, CA

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Butler Creek to Oak Bottom Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Cal Salmon River

Rapids on the Cal Salmon
Obstacle just after Butler Creek access point Marble Rapid or Gaping Maw

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Butler Creek to Oak Bottom Info
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Put In:  Butler Creek
Take Out:  Oak Bottom Campground
Difficulty:  Class IV 500-2,000 cfs , Class V 2,000-5,000 cfs
Gradient:  42 ft/mi
Run Length:  5.3 miles
Current Streamflow:  3630 cfs @ 12/14/2016 08:30 AM - SALMON R A SOMES BAR CA, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  K-Flow; 916-368-8682
Good Level:  500 to 5,000 cfs
Season Comments:  April, May, June
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Pool-drop class IV and V through a steep-walled canyon.
Hazards:  big and cold water
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mostly National Forest
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  A few sites.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 320 miles Northwest of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: From California Hwy 96, turn east onto Salmon River Road which provides numerous river access points. Put-in along Salmon River Road just upstream from Butler Creek, about 6.4 miles from Nordheimer Flat Campground.

Take-out: Located along Salmon River Road some 5.3 miles from the put-in on river right.

Towns near Butler Creek to Oak Bottom Kayaking

Arcata California
Ashland Oregon
Eureka California
Gold Beach Oregon
Mt. Shasta California
Redding California

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