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Tributary - Tomki Creek Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Eel River

Tributary - Tomki Creek Info
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Put In:  Hearst Road at Rocktree Creek
Take Out:  Hearst
Difficulty:  Class III +
Gradient:  25 fpm
Run Length:  17.5 miles
Good Level:  200 - 600 cfs, Optimum 400 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

There is no gauge for this creek. It is usually running when the Eel River below Van Arsdale Dam gauge reads above 3,000 cfs

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

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

Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  This creek starts off with very little water, soon after the creek enters a small gorge the flows nearly double. This is a great section because the run its self is 17.5 miles long, while the shuttle is only 5 miles
Hazards:  Watch out for logs. The main Eel River will be very high if this creek is runnning
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 159 miles (3 hours 29 minutes) Northwest of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From US 101 take the exit towards Willits, from the center of town go 2.7 miles to the “T” intersection at East Side Road. Take a left and continue to the next “T” intersection and turn right. In 3.5 miles turn left at another “T” intersection, you will soon cross over Tomki Creek. After another 1.7 miles you will reach the last “T” intersection, you will see a ford across the creek to your left just above the confluence with Rocktree Creek, this is the put in.

Put In: At the last “T” intersection turn right and drive 5 miles to Hearst. The take out is the bridge just upstream of Hearst.

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