California Whitewater



Class V River Run

Elder Creek located in northern California is an exciting whitewater river run for experienced kayakers and rafters. The ideal streamflow range for the creek is between 300 and 800 cfs. The run is classified as Class V, which indicates that it is extremely difficult and should only be attempted by advanced paddlers. The segment mileage is approximately 4.5 miles, and it takes about 2-3 hours to complete the run.

Elder Creek offers several challenging river rapids/obstacles, such as "Demon's Drop," "The Ledges," and "The Squeeze." These rapids are steep, technical, and require precise maneuvering to navigate successfully. The creek also has several waterfalls, which add to the excitement of the run.

Specific regulations apply to the area, and it is important to follow them to ensure safety and preserve the natural environment. The area is part of the Six Rivers National Forest, and permits are required to access the creek. Additionally, there are restrictions on group size and camping locations to limit the impact on the environment.

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Last Updated 2023-08-30
River Levels 4 cfs (3.15 ft)
Percent of Normal 111%
Reporting Streamgauge ELDER C NR BRANSCOMB CA
Elevation 1,394 ft.
Watershed South Fork Eel