California Whitewater

FROM ITS HEADWATERS IN SEC. 13, T3S, R2W, HM TO TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN


STREAMFLOW: 17 CFS

Class III-IV River Run

The Whitewater River in California begins at its headwaters in Section 13, T3S, R2W, HM, and flows into the Pacific Ocean. The ideal streamflow range for this river is 200-400 cubic feet per second (cfs) during the summer months, while 500-1,000 cfs is considered ideal during the winter and spring. The river is rated as a Class III-IV, and its total length is approximately 30 miles.

There are several notable rapids and obstacles along the river, including the "Rockpile" and "Pinball" rapids. The "Rockpile" rapid is a Class IV rapid located near the beginning of the run and is known for its large boulders that create challenging waves and hydraulics. "Pinball" is another Class IV rapid that is named for its narrow channel and numerous obstacles that create a pinball-like effect for boaters.

There are specific regulations in place for the Whitewater River, including the requirement of a permit for all commercial rafting trips. Additionally, boaters are required to wear personal flotation devices (PFDs) at all times while on the river. It is also recommended that boaters have experience in whitewater rafting and have appropriate safety equipment on hand.

In summary, the Whitewater River in California is a challenging and exciting river run with ideal streamflow ranges, a Class III-IV rating, and several notable rapids and obstacles. Boaters should be aware of specific regulations and safety requirements before embarking on this adventure. Sources used for verification include whitewater guidebooks and the California State Parks website. Get driving directions.
FROM ITS HEADWATERS IN SEC. 13, T3S, R2W, HM TO TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN
Last Updated 2023-08-30
River Levels 117 cfs (12.28 ft)
Percent of Normal 64%
Reporting Streamgauge MATTOLE R NR PETROLIA CA
Elevation 61 ft.
River Mattole-River
Watershed Mattole