River Runs Kayaking Whitewater

The Butte Creek Whitewater Run is located in Northern California and is a popular destination for kayakers, rafters, and other whitewater enthusiasts. The ideal streamflow range for the run is between 400 and 1000 cfs, which typically occurs during the spring and early summer months. The run is rated as a Class III-IV, with some challenging rapids and obstacles.

The Butte Creek run is divided into two segments. The upper segment is approximately 5 miles long and includes several technical rapids, such as Broken Dam and Pinnacle. The lower segment is about 6 miles long and features more continuous whitewater, including the infamous 'Meat Grinder' rapid.

There are several regulations in place for the Butte Creek Whitewater Run. The area is part of the Butte Creek Ecological Preserve, which means that visitors are expected to respect the natural environment and wildlife. Camping and campfires are not allowed along the river, and visitors are asked to pack out all trash and waste.

In addition, visitors are required to obtain a permit to access the Butte Creek run. Permits are limited and must be obtained in advance from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Overall, the Butte Creek Whitewater Run is a challenging and exciting destination for experienced whitewater enthusiasts.

Realtime River Levels

USGS 11478500
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Last Updated 2024-07-15
River Levels 107 cfs (0.42 ft)
Percent of Normal 56%
Class Level iii-iv
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USGS 11478500

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