California Whitewater



Class III-II River Run

The Gitchell Creek is a whitewater river run in the state of California that is ideal for intermediate-level kayakers who are looking for a fun, challenging, and scenic adventure. The ideal streamflow range for Gitchell Creek is between 150 and 500 cfs. This flow level allows for a good mix of rapids and obstacles, while still being manageable for intermediate kayakers.

The class rating for Gitchell Creek is class III, which means that there are moderate rapids and obstacles that require some technical ability and experience to navigate safely. The segment mileage for this river run is approximately 4 miles long, starting from the put-in at the Gitchell Creek Bridge and ending at the take-out at the Middle Fork American River.

Some of the specific river rapids and obstacles that kayakers can expect to encounter along the way include "The Slot," "S-Turn," "The Hole," and "Pinball." These rapids range in difficulty from class II to class III and require careful maneuvering and technical skill to navigate safely.

In terms of regulations, kayakers must obtain a permit from the American River Conservancy to access the Gitchell Creek run. Additionally, kayakers are required to wear a personal flotation device at all times while on the river and must adhere to Leave No Trace principles to minimize impact on the environment.

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Last Updated 2023-08-30
River Levels 47 cfs (8.9 ft)
Percent of Normal 67%
Reporting Streamgauge MATTOLE R NR ETTERSBURG CA
Elevation 599 ft.
River Mattole-River
Watershed Mattole