Other Whitewater Trips on the Eel River

 »  Upper Main Eel
 »  Main - Pillsbury Run
 »  Main - Dos Rios to Alderpoint
 »  North Fork - Hulls Creek to Mina Road
 »  Tributary - Tomki Creek
 »  Middle Fork - Black Butte River to Dos Rios
 »  South Fork - Tenmile Creek
 »  Tributary - Rattlesnake Creek
 »  Review this trip
 »  Post Alert for this trip
Lodging in California

 »  California Bed & Breakfasts
 »  California Cabins, Condos, and Vacation Rentals
 »  California Campgrounds
 »  California Hotels & Motels

 Find a Rafting Trip

 Link to Us
 Email This Page to a Friend
 Business Login
 Add a Listing

  Follow Us On Twitter
  Visit Us On Facebook

Paddlesports Schools:

Otter Bar Lodge Kayak School
Located in:
Forks of Salmon, CA

More Details
Our Website
Otter Bar offers all skill levels of whitewater kayak instruction based out of our wilderness lodge on California's pristine Salmo (more...)
site home  :: self guided home  :: U.S. river guide  :: Rivers in California  :: Eel River California  :: Tributary - Rattlesnake Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip

Tributary - Rattlesnake Creek Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Eel River

Tributary - Rattlesnake Creek Info
Use this information at your own risk. See our legal notices.
Put In:  Bridge on US 101
Take Out:  Big Bend
Difficulty:  Class IV + @ 400 - 700 cfs , Class V > 700 cfs , Portage 3
Gradient:  108 fpm
Run Length:  5 miles
Current Streamflow:  4010 cfs @ 12/14/2016 08:30 AM - SF EEL R A LEGGETT CA, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  400 - 700 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

There is no gauge for this creek. This creek usually runs when the South Fork Eel at Leggett gauge reads between 3,000 and 6,000 cfs

Season Comments:  January, February, March, November, December
Primary Season: 

This creek only runs during the winter, usually after a few days of heavy rain.

Permit:  None presently required. Parking fee required at the take out.
Character/Similar To:  This creek starts as a very low volume narrow creek. After a while the flow picks up, most of the rapids on this run are long and continuous and involve alot of rock dodging.
Hazards:  There are a few mandatory portages around rapids. This run is for expert kayakers only
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  Yes
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 168 miles (3 hours 15 minutes) Northwest of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: From Laytonville take US 101 north to the bridge over Rattlesnake Bridge, this is the put in.

Take Out: Continue north on US 101 and take the Cummings exit. Turn left at the exit and drive about 3 miles to Big Bend.

Other Resources

Conservation Organizations
  • American River Conservancy
  • American River Watershed Group
  • Disabled Adventure Outfitters' (DAO)-
  • Protect American River Canyons
  • Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign
  • South Yuba River Citizens League
  • Pacific Coast Kayak Clubs
  • California Floaters Society
  • California Kayak Friends
  • Hydraulic Hooligans
  • River City Whitewater Club
  • Sequoia Paddling Club
  • Shasta Paddlers
  • Sierra Club San Francisco Bay RTS
  • Stanford Kayak Club
  • Western Waters Canoe Club
  • Paddling Sites
  • California Whitewater Rafting
  • Dreamflows
  • Travel Guides
  • California Vacation & Travel Guide