California Whitewater



The Bear Creek, South Fork in California is a popular whitewater river run that boasts a variety of challenging rapids and obstacles. The ideal streamflow range for this river is between 200 and 500 cfs, making it a great option for experienced kayakers and rafters.

With a class rating ranging from III to IV, the South Fork of Bear Creek offers a thrilling ride for those looking for a challenge. The segment mileage of this river run varies depending on the put-in and take-out locations, but typically ranges between 6 and 8 miles.

Some of the notable rapids and obstacles on the South Fork of Bear Creek include "The Squeeze," "Whitewater Falls," and "Deadwood." Each of these rapids presents its own unique challenge, making the run exciting and unpredictable.

There are specific regulations in place for those looking to navigate the South Fork of Bear Creek. For example, all rafters must wear personal flotation devices and helmets at all times while on the river. Additionally, there are restrictions on the number of people allowed in each raft, with a limit of 6 people per raft.

Overall, the South Fork of Bear Creek offers a thrilling whitewater experience for those who are up for the challenge. However, it's important to adhere to all regulations and safety guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Get driving directions.
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