The South Fork Cottonwood Creek is a popular whitewater river run in California. The ideal streamflow range for this river is between 200-400 cfs, which typically occurs during the spring and early summer months. The river is rated as a Class III-IV, with a segment mileage of approximately 8 miles.
The river rapids and obstacles include tight turns, boulder gardens, and several larger drops, including the Class IV "Cottonwood Falls." Paddlers should be experienced and have appropriate gear, including helmets and personal flotation devices.
Specific regulations to the area include a permit requirement for commercial outfitters, as well as a requirement for private boaters to register and obtain a permit for overnight stays. The area is also subject to fire restrictions during the dry season.