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Upper Main Eel Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Eel River

Upper Main Eel Info
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Put In:  Horse Creek
Take Out:  Lake Pillsbury
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V , Portage
Gradient:  Average 62 fpm, Highest 140 fpm
Run Length:  18 miles
Good Level:  500 - 1,500 cfs, Optimum 1,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

There is no gauge for this river

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

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

Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Continuous class IV/V whitewater in an isolated, wild setting
Hazards:  There are many rapids that should be scouted and possibly portaged
Land Ownership:  Public forest
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Sunset Campground at the take out
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 137 miles (3 hours 27 minutes) Northwest of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: Turn east of Hwy 101 north of Ukiah, California, at Calpella and follow Hwy 20 five miles. Turn left on Potter Valley Road, running along the East Fork of the Russian River. At the town of Potter Valley turn right onto the Eel River Road. Follow this road to the north side of the reservoir. The take out is at Sunset Campground.

Put In: From the take out continue upriver on the main road for about 13 miles to the put in at Horse Creek.

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