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River:         Clear Creek (Tributary of the Klamath)
Put in:        Slipper View River Access
Take out:    Confluence with Klamath
Class:          II/III
Distance:     5.5 Miles
Gauge:        USGS 11521500 (Indian Creek)
Flow:          1000
Boat:           Inflatable Kayak
Shuttle:      20 minutes
Info:            AWW, darinm

This is a fantastic run that I did with a large group of people who were in hard shell kayaks while I was in an inflatable.  I have a friend who also did this in a whitewater canoe.  It’s a solid class II with a couple of class III rapids that have easy lines if you can find them.  I would say that some of the kayakers were novice and I am a beginner and I swam twice and the other novices had at least one swim, but nothing scary.

Scenery was top notch.  There were beautiful gorge walls and waterfalls, but at this flow we definitely moved past it rather quickly.  The creek earns its name with the crystal clear cool water and it’s very interesting to see the water where it meets the murkier klamath at the confluence.

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Directions to take out:  From Eureka, take the 101-N to 299-E to Willow Creek.  Then take 96-N towards Happy Camp.  Before you get there, you will cross clear creek on a bridge.  Pull over immediately after the bridge.

Directions to put in:  After take out, keep going on the 96 and you will come to a road on the left.  Forest route 15N32.  Take it until you see a sign for slippery view river access.  There is a short downhill hike to the put in.

 

 

River:         Smith
Put in:        Slant Bridge
Take out:    Charlie Rd
Class:          II-
Distance:     8 Miles
Gauge:        JED
Flow:          4500
Boat:           Hard Shell Kayak
Shuttle:      20 minutes
Info:            Kayak Lunartics

This scenic run is great for beginners more interested in the view than rapids.  There were a few class II- rapids to run but overall it was just fun and mellow.  It’s a good float for an IK, but I enjoyed it as my first run in a hard shell where I didn’t have to roll or go for a swim!

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Directions to Put In:  From Eureka, take 101-N to Crescent City and then take 199-E through Jedediah Smith State Park.  After the park, pass the town of Hiouchi and look for South Fork Rd.  Turn Right and cross Slant Bridge.  Turn Right at the parking lot (easy to miss) and go all the way down to the river for an easy put in at the river bar.

Directions to Take Out:  Follow above directions to 199-E, but before Hiouchi take a left on North Bank Road (197).  Then follow that past the golf course and look for a “winding road” sign, turn L at the sign on to Charlie Rd.  Follow dirt road to the river.  You need to drive over river rock.  My Mazda protege5 could do it.