Klamath River Rafting
Feisty fish and fierce rapids are the calling
cards for the Upper Klamath, California's second-longest
river in the northwest. Kayaks, canoes, rafts,
and, at points, power boats tackle the Klamath,
which roughly translated from Chinook means swiftness.
Salmon and steelhead attract fall and winter anglers,
while summer's made to order for trout.
Dam-controlled flows create electrifying ribbons
of whitewater through Satan's Gate and Hell's
Corner rapids. And the river is a popular wayside
for migrating birds. The list of frequent flyers
includes blue and green herons, lots of eagles,
cormorants, and even pelicans. It's a kinder,
gentler float from the Oregon border to Copco
Lake through open country littered with remains
of mines, ranches, mills, and even a historic
19th century health spa. Features: Rafting the
Upper Klamath and 17 other top California rivers.
When to go: Year-round for fishing; whitewater
in spring-late summer.
Getting there: I-5 to Ore. Hwy. 66, then W. to
John Boyle Power House. Copco Lake. Irongate
Reservoir. I-5 Crossing. Confluence with the
Put-in: John Boyle Power House, Stateline Access,
Take-out: Same as put-in. except for John Boyle
River Class: California. II-III; Oregon. Class
Local BLM Office: Redding Resource Area 355 Hemsted
Redding, CA 96002