California Whitewater



Class II-III River Run

The Whitewater River Run, located near Palm Springs, California, stretches 12 miles from the Ladwp Property To Wilderness Boundary. The ideal streamflow range for this run is between 200 and 1,000 cfs. The river is classified as a class II-III, making it ideal for intermediate-level kayakers. The segment mileage for this run is 12 miles, and it can typically be completed in 3-4 hours.

Some of the specific river rapids and obstacles on this run include "The Chute," "Rockpile," and "Three-Drop." These rapids require technical skill and are known for their intense waves and drops. However, there are also calm sections of the river that provide an opportunity to relax and take in the scenic surroundings.

It is important to note that there are specific regulations in place for this area. Boaters are required to obtain a permit from the Bureau of Land Management, and all boaters must wear a life jacket at all times while on the river. Additionally, the use of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited.

Overall, the Whitewater River Run offers a challenging yet scenic kayaking experience for intermediate-level paddlers. With its unique rapids, ideal streamflow range, and specific regulations, this run is a must-visit for any avid kayaker in the Palm Springs area. Get driving directions.
Last Updated 2023-11-30
River Levels 1290 cfs (7.11 ft)
Percent of Normal 226%
Reporting Streamgauge SF KERN R NR ONYX CA
Elevation 2,850 ft.
Watershed Owens Lake

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