California Whitewater

HEADWATERS TO WALKER LAKE


STREAMFLOW: 22 CFS

Class IV-V River Run

The Headwaters to Walker Lake section of California's Whitewater River is a thrilling and challenging run for experienced paddlers. The ideal streamflow range for this section is between 500 and 900 cfs, with the sweet spot being around 700 cfs. This run is classified as Class IV-V, meaning it requires advanced skills and experience to navigate safely.

The segment mileage for this run is approximately 8 miles, starting at the headwaters and ending at Walker Lake. Along the way, paddlers will encounter a variety of rapids and obstacles, including the infamous "Lucifer's Falls" which is a 20-foot waterfall drop. Other notable rapids include "Pinball", "Toilet Bowl", and "Golf Course".

There are specific regulations in place for this area, including a permit requirement from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Paddlers must also follow Leave No Trace principles, pack out all trash and human waste, and avoid damaging vegetation and wildlife habitats.

Overall, the Headwaters to Walker Lake section of the Whitewater River offers a thrilling and rewarding experience for experienced paddlers seeking a challenge in a beautiful and remote natural setting. However, it is important to always prioritize safety and follow all regulations to minimize environmental impact and preserve the area for future generations. Get driving directions.
HEADWATERS TO WALKER LAKE
Last Updated 2023-11-30
River Levels 886 cfs (5.98 ft)
Percent of Normal 79%
Reporting Streamgauge MF SAN JOAQUIN R NR MAMMOTH LAKES CA
Elevation 7,593 ft.
River
Watershed Mono Lake

Nearby Camping
Location Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Soda Springs 29 7,690 ft
Silver Lake - June Lake 63 7,227 ft
Pumice Flat 4 7,660 ft
Green Creek 15 8,023 ft
Lower Lee Vining 60 7,334 ft
Tioga Lake 13 9,669 ft
Junction 13 9,542 ft
Boulder 10 7,411 ft
Reds Meadow 56 7,659 ft
Ellery 12 9,512 ft
Aerie Crag RV Camp 15 7,209 ft
Trumbull Lake 59 9,694 ft
Devils Postpile 21 9,079 ft
Oh Ridge 147 7,706 ft
Saddlebag Lake 20 10,182 ft
Agnew Meadows 21 8,304 ft
Reversed Creek 16 7,674 ft
Gull Lake 11 7,615 ft
June Lake 28 7,649 ft
Cattleguard 15 7,268 ft
Hartley Springs 20 8,431 ft
Lundy Lake Park 50 7,632 ft
Minaret Falls 26 7,609 ft