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Nordheimer Flat Campground to Butler Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Cal Salmon River

Airplane Turn, courtesy Momentum River Expeditions
Cascade Falls, courtesy Momentum River Expeditions Bloomer Falls at 4760 cfs Unknown rapid on Nordheimer Run at 4800 cfs River access at Butler Creek at 3700 cfs Arlo Grammatica running the center boof line at Airplane Turn Rapid at 2500 cfs
Left line in Airplane Turn Rapid at 2500 cfs Boater's perspective of left line at Airplane Turn Rapid at 2500 cfs Gauge conversion chart from cfs to feet Airplane Turn Rapid

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Nordheimer Flat Campground to Butler Creek Info
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Put In:  Nordheimer Flat Campground
Take Out:  Butler Creek
Difficulty:  Class IV 500-2,000 cfs , Class V 2,000-5,000 cfs
Gradient:  42 ft/mi
Run Length:  6.4 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. Nordheimer Flat Campground is located on river left. Once you have entered the campground take the right fork of the road to reach the beach.

Take-out: Along Salmon River Road just upstream from Butler Creek, 6.4 miles from the put-in.

Towns near Nordheimer Flat Campground to Butler Creek Kayaking

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

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