California Whitewater



Class III-IV River Run

The Whitewater River Run from Castaic to Pyramid Reservoir in California is a popular spot for kayaking and whitewater rafting enthusiasts. The ideal streamflow range for this run is between 300-800 cfs, which typically occurs during the spring months when snowmelt is at its peak. The run is rated as a class III-IV, which means it is best suited for experienced paddlers. The segment mileage for this run is approximately 6 miles, with several notable rapids and obstacles, including the "Toilet Bowl" and "Diverter Dam."

It is important to note that there are specific regulations in place for this area. The California Department of Parks and Recreation requires all river runners to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) and a helmet. Additionally, alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited on the river, and littering can result in fines. It is important for paddlers to respect the natural environment and follow all regulations to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

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Last Updated 2023-06-21
River Levels 22 cfs (4.65 ft)
Percent of Normal 85%
Reporting Streamgauge PIRU C AB FRENCHMANS FLAT CA
Elevation 2,090 ft.
Watershed Santa Clara

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