California Whitewater



Class III-IV River Run

Deer Creek is a popular whitewater river run located in California. The ideal streamflow range for this river run is between 200-500 cfs. This range provides Class III-IV rapids, which are challenging but manageable for experienced white water kayakers and rafters. The total segment mileage for Deer Creek is approximately 15 miles.

The river rapids and obstacles on Deer Creek include the Drop, a Class III+ rapid with a steep drop and tight turn that requires precise maneuvering. Another notable feature is the Narrows, a narrow, technical section of the river that requires advanced paddling skills to navigate. Other rapids include the Waterfall, the Chute, and the Elevator.

Regulations for the Deer Creek area include a permit requirement for all commercial and non-commercial groups. The maximum group size for non-commercial groups is 15 people, and all groups are required to carry a first aid kit and a repair kit for their watercraft. Additionally, visitors are required to pack out all trash and human waste, and camping is only allowed in designated areas.

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Last Updated 2023-08-30
River Levels 323 cfs (1.92 ft)
Percent of Normal 126%
Reporting Streamgauge DEER C NR VINA CA
Elevation 492 ft.
Watershed Mill-Big Chico