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Scott Canyon Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Scott River

Scott Canyon Info
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Put In:  Canyon Entrance
Take Out:  Klamath Confluence
Gradient:  52 ft/mi
Run Length:  21.5 miles; shorter runs possible.
Current Streamflow:  771 cfs @ 12/14/2016 08:30 AM - SCOTT R NR FORT JONES CA, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  Department of Water Resources; 707-443-9305.
Good Level:  800-3,000 cfs
Season Comments:  April, May, June
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  Rapids are nearly continuous with short pools seperating the sharp, boulder choked drops. The first three miles of this run are Class III and IV, and the final 4 miles from Scott Bar to the Klamath are Class III-.
Hazards:  Most of Scott Canyon is for experts only.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mostly National Forest
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Forest Service campgrounds along the river.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 290 miles Northwest of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Turn south off Hwy 96 onto Scott River Road and drive upriver some 20 miles. There are several possible put-ins upstream from the Kelsey Creek Bridge.

Take-out: Drive 35 miles west on Hwy 96 from I-5 about 10 miles north of Yreka.

The shuttle is about 40 minutes one way.

Towns near Scott Canyon Kayaking

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

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  • American River Watershed Group
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  • South Yuba River Citizens League
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  • River City Whitewater Club
  • Sequoia Paddling Club
  • Shasta Paddlers
  • Sierra Club San Francisco Bay RTS
  • Stanford Kayak Club
  • Western Waters Canoe Club
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