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Trinity River in California

by  guest-paddler

A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

Approximately 150 miles of class 1 to 5 for your boating pleasure on the wild and scenic Trinity. Numerous put-ins and take-outs allow you to customize trips to your ability and length requirements. Recommended trips include:

  • Class 1-2: Lewiston to Pigeon Point Campground (37 miles)
  • Class 2-3: Hawkins Bar to Klamath River (39 miles)
  • Class 3-4: Pigeon Point to Cedar Flat (24 miles)
  • Class 4-5: Cedar Flat to Hawkins Bar (10 miles)
  • Shorter trips are easily made on all but the last run.

Numerous Forest Service Campgrounds along Hwy. 299 provide many camping choices. Best boating seasons are spring and summer. Excellent fishing for steelhead and salmon. Bring a gold pan and try your luck. Keep an eye open for BIGFOOT!

Please use "leave no trace" practices so we all can enjoy my favorite river. Have Fun and Be Safe!


Many forest Service Campgrounds along the river. Motel rooms and other services at Weaverville and Willow Creek.


Boating permits not required for private boaters. Commercial guiding service and rentals available at Big Bar. Forest Service camping fees 5-10 dollars a night.


I-5 to Redding CA, Hwy. 299 West to Weaverville, or from Coast Hwy.1 Arcata take Hwy. 299 East to the river.


U.S. Forest Service Big Bar Ranger Dist. Big Bar, CA.


Recommended guidebooks are "Western Whitewater" by Cassady, Cross, and Calhoun. Also "Best Whitewater in California" by Holbek and Stanley.

Trip Details

  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

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