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Grindstone Road to Road 306 Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Grindstone Creek

Grindstone Road to Road 306 Info
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Put In:  Grindstone Road
Take Out:  Road 306
Difficulty:  Class III + @ 500 - 1,00 cfs, III+/IV @ 1,000 - 2,500 cfs , Portage
Gradient:  45 fpm
Run Length:  12 miles
Good Level:  500 - 2,500 cfs, Optimum 1,500 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this creek, it rarely runs high enough to paddle.
Season Comments:  January, February, March, November, December
Primary Season:  This creek only runs during the winter, usually after a few days of heavy rain
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Continuous class III/IV throughout the run
Hazards:  There is a mandatory portage at mile 4. Scout the dam near the take out.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 128 miles (2 hours 57 miles) Northwest of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From I-5 take the Willows exit onto Route 162 and follow this road for 21 miles. Turn right onto Road 306 and drive for 4.5 miles to the take out is a small turn out near the river.

Put In: To reach the put in back track on Road 306 for 1 miles and turn right onto Alder Springs Road. Follow Alder Springs Road for about 11 miles until it makes a sharp swinging turn to the left. In this area look for Grindstone Road on the right, turn right and follow the road down the canyon for 6 miles to the put in.

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