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North Fork - Low Divide Road to Middle Fork Conflu Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Smith River

North Fork - Low Divide Road to Middle Fork Conflu Info
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Put In:  Low Divide Road
Take Out:  Middle Fork Confluence
Difficulty:  Class IV
Gradient:  44 ft/mi
Run Length:  13 miles
Current Streamflow:  9620 cfs @ 12/14/2016 08:45 AM - SMITH R NR CRESCENT CITY CA, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  500-2,000 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, November, December
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  Perhaps California's best wilderness whitewater run with crystal clear water and numerous side creeks cascading into the river. Rapids alternate between narrow gorges and wide open boulder fields.
Water Craft:  kayak,raft
Land Ownership:  Mostly National Forest
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Good campsites on the river with the exception of the numerous small gorges.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 356 miles Northwest of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Drive about 8 miles east of Crescent City on Hwy 199, turn left on Hwy 197, follow it 2.5 miles and turn right on Low Divide Road. After 8 miles, bear right at the intersection with Rowdy Creek Road and continue another 13 miles to the put-in at the bridge across the North Fork.

Take-out: Located just above the confluence of the North Fork and the Middle Fork. Turn north off Hwy 199 at Gasquet, about 20 miles east of Crescent City, and cross the Middle Fork. A trail leads from a turnout on the north side of the bridge down to the confluence of the North and Middle Forks.

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