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Kayaking & Canoeing Sacramento River California

South Fork Sacramento River
Put-in:  Near Soapstone Creek
Take-out:  2 miles above Lake
Difficulty:  Class V
Length:  6 miles
Box Canyon
Put-in:  Below Box Canyon Dam
Take-out:  Dunsmuir
Difficulty:  Class IV, V
Length:  7 miles
Dunsmuir to Castle Crags
Put-in:  Dunsmuir
Take-out:  Castle Crags
Difficulty:  Class III @ 500 - 1,500 cfs, III+ @ 1,500 - 2,500 cfs, IV > 2,500 cfs
Length:  5 miles
Castle Crags to Sims Road
Put-in:  Castle Crags
Take-out:  Sims Flat
Difficulty:  Class III @ 500 - 1,500 cfs, IV > 1,500 cfs
Length:  9 miles
Sims Flat to Lake Shasta
 photos of Sims Flat to Lake Shasta
Put-in:  Sims Flat
Take-out:  Mosquito Creek
Difficulty:  Class III, IV
Length:  12.5 miles
Tributary - Slate Creek
Put-in:  Silver Bridge
Take-out:  La Moine
Difficulty:  Class V
Length:  3.3 miles

 

The Sacramento River begins in Northern California near Castle Craggs State Park. It is the longest river in the state of California. It flows south out of Lake Siskiyou for about 30 raucous miles before mellowing out in Lake Shasta. After Lake Shasta, the Sacramento River slows down and picks up major tributaries on its way to the state capital of Sacramento. 

While I-5 and the Southern Pacific Railroad parallels the Upper Sacramento River, you won't notice. The interstate is high above the rim and the challenging Class III and IV whitewater will keep your attention.

The 36 miles from Siskiyou to Shasta Reservoir offers impressive scenery including beautiful views of Mount Shasta. Many choose to do this whole section in 2 – 3 days, but the beauty of having the highway close by is that boaters can pick and choose where they would like to go. The first six miles and last fourteen miles are popular, with the most exciting Class IV rapids.