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Swinging Bridge Run Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Mad River

Swinging Bridge Run Info
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Put In:  Suspension Bridge at Jackshaw Road
Take Out:  Maple Creek Road
Difficulty:  Class III to IV+ @ 700 - 2,000 cfs , Class IV to V > 2,000 cfs , Portage
Gradient:  37 fpm
Run Length:  10 miles
Current Streamflow:  4060 cfs @ 12/14/2016 08:45 AM - MAD R NR ARCATA CA, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  700 - 2,500 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, September, October, November, December
Primary Season:  This river only runs during the fall and winter, usually after a few days of heavy rain
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Boulder garden rapids, starts off with a good warm up consisting of fun class III. At some flows expect to portage a few of the bigger rapids.
Hazards:  Be prepared to portage some rapids at water levels above 2,000 cfs.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 303 miles (5 hours 14 minutes) Northwest of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: At the north end of Eureka turn east onto Myrtle Road, in 5 miles Old Arcata Road comes in from the left and Myrtle Road changes to Kneeland Road. Follow the signs to Kneeland. 14 miles from US 101 turn left onto Maple Creek road, the take out is 6 miles down this road.

Put In: From the take out continue on Kneeland Road 4 miles past Maple Creek Road. Turn left onto Mountain View Road and follow the signs toward Kneeland Airport. In about 8 miles turn left onto Jackshaw Road, the put in is 2 miles down this road at a dead end.

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