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South Fork - Tenmile Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Eel River

South Fork - Tenmile Creek Info
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Put In:  Tenmile Creek at the gauge station.
Take Out:  Big Bend
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V
Gradient:  43 ft/mi
Run Length:  16 miles
Good Level:  1,000-8,000 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, December
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  The South Fork changes character where it joins with Tenmile Creek. Just ahead is a rugged 7 mile gorge with Class IV and IV + rapids and one bigger one that is usually portaged.
Hazards:  Possiblity of cold weather and short days when the river is runnable.
Water Craft:  kayak,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Good campsites may be found in the first mile or two below Tenmile Creek, toward the end of the gorge, and in the last few miles above Rattlesnake Creek. Roadside rest area on Hwy 101 half way between the Tenmile Creek put-in and Leggett. Big Bend Lodge at the take-out offers very nice riverside accomodations.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 219 miles Northwest of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Follow Hwy 101 about 7 miles north from Laytonville. Put-in just below the gauge station where the creek begins to turn away from the highway.

Take-out: Exit Hwy 101 at Cummings, about 7 miles south of Leggett and follow the Drive-Thru Tree Road (Old Hwy 101) for 3 miles. At the Big Bend Lodge sign, turn left onto a one-mile dirt road that leads to the lodge and the river. There is a small take-out fee unless you stay at one of the lodges nice, secluded cottages.

Big Bend Lodge, PO Box 111, Leggett, CA 95455; 707-984-6321.

Towns near South Fork - Tenmile Creek Kayaking

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