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Tributary - Bluff Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Klamath River

Tributary - Bluff Creek Info
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Put In:  Fish Creek
Take Out:  Klamath River
Difficulty:  Class V to VI , Portage 3
Gradient:  Average 120 fpm, Maximum 160 fpm
Run Length:  12.7 miles
Current Streamflow:  11000 cfs @ 12/14/2016 08:30 AM - KLAMATH R A ORLEANS, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  400 - 800 cfs, Optimum 700 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  There is no gauge for this creek. This creek usually runs when the Klamath River at Orleans gauge reads above 10,000 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, November, December
Primary Season:  This creek only runs during the winter and spring, usually after a few days of heavy rain or during peak snowmelt
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Class V/VI rapids seperated by short section of class II/III rapids.
Hazards:  Expect to portage many times around logs and nasty sieved out rapids
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 285 miles (5 hours 9 minutes) Northwest of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: The take out is located 6 miles north of Weitchpec on Route 96 at the confluence of the Klamath River and Bluff Creek.

Put In: Drive 1 mile north and turn left onto Cedar Camp Road, follow this road for 10 – 15 miles past Twin Lakes and Mud Springs. Then turn left onto road 11N19 and drive 4 miles to the end of the road. To reach the put in you have to bushwhack to river level.

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