California Whitewater

INDEPENDENCE CREEK


STREAMFLOW: 95 CFS

Class III-IV River Run

The Independence Creek is a 14-mile stretch of the Whitewater River in Southern California. The ideal streamflow range for this segment is between 300-1000 cfs, which makes for an enjoyable and challenging ride for experienced kayakers and rafters. The creek carries Class III rapids with technical maneuvers, but it can become Class IV during high water. The segment is rated as an advanced run, and it is recommended to have an experienced guide or scout the river beforehand.

Some notable rapids and obstacles along the route include the Entrance Rapid, Double Drop, S-Turn, and the infamous Wall, which is a steep drop that requires precision and speed to navigate through. It is important to note that the Independence Creek segment is only open during specific times of the year, typically from late winter to early spring when the water levels are high. Additionally, there are specific regulations in place for this area, including the requirement for a permit to access the river. The permit is available through the Bureau of Land Management, and it is necessary to ensure that the area is not overcrowded and preserve the natural environment.

In conclusion, Independence Creek is a challenging and exciting river run that requires experience and skill. With a specific ideal streamflow range, Class III-IV rapids, notable obstacles, and specific regulations, it is important to plan ahead and be prepared for this adventure. Safety should always be a top priority, and it is recommended to have an experienced guide or scout the river beforehand. Get driving directions.
INDEPENDENCE CREEK
Last Updated 2024-04-25
River Levels 128 cfs (8.2 ft)
Percent of Normal 141%
Reporting Streamgauge MARBLE FORK KAWEAH R AB HORSE C NR LODGEPOLE CA
Elevation 7,149 ft.
River
Watershed Owens Lake

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