california rafting trips & vacations

Cal Salmon River

Six Rivers National Forest near Somes Bar, CA /

Level: Advanced to Expert rafting trips /

Class 4 & 5

Class 5 Adrenaline Runs!

Class 4 and 5 rafting thrills on the California Salmon & Scott River

The California Salmon & Scott River rafting trips are two of California’s top spring rivers providing Class 4 and 5 rafting thrills. Despite the driving distance to this remote area in N. California, many avid river runners gladly make this trek. These rafting trips are recommended for experienced rafting clients who are in good physical condition and very capable swimmers. Previous Class 4 experience is a must and a swim test may be given.

There are plenty of unique rapids on these rivers, with numerous Class 4 and 5 rapids. On the Salmon River encounter Class 5 rapids “Last Chance”, “Cascade” and “Freight Train”. If you catch the Scott River too then you get to experience more Class 5 action with “Boulder Creek Falls”, “White House”, “Tompkins Creek” and “Schuler Gulch” rapids. Besides the rapids, there is much to take in on these trips. Add the scenic beauty of rugged carved granite, the forests of the Klamath National Forest, and the incredible waterfalls that tumble into the canyons.

The magnificent California Salmon & Scott rivers are natural wild and scenic river tributaries of the mighty Klamath River. They tumble swiftly out of the Marble Mountains and the Salmon-Trinity Alps Wilderness areas. Wildlife is plentiful, but easily hidden in this rugged terrain.

The Scott River has a shorter season and is best during higher snowpack years. This is due to the fact it is on the east “drier” side of the mountain range, . California Salmon river rafting trips however run later than most of the Class 4/5 runs further south.

Charter transportation is sometimes available from the Sacramento area, or airport pick-up from Redding.

The Cal. Salmon River is free-flowing, so entirely dependent on snow-melt. Check our Predictions Page for expected flow conditions.

Rafting Trips On The Cal Salmon River
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Meeting Location

Marble Mountain Ranch, 92520 CA-96, Somes Bar, CA 95568.

Marble Mountain Ranch is located on Hwy 96, 7.5 miles north of Somes Bar.

Area Information

Willow Creek: 45 minutes South of meeting location

  • Bigfoot Motel – 39039 Hwy 299, Willow Creek, Ca 95573. (530)-629-2142. 28 rooms each with microwave and fridge.

Accommodations also in Willow Creek (45 miles S. of Somes Bar) and Eureka (94 miles S. of Somes Bar.

Orleans: 20 minutes South from meeting location.

  • Klamath River Lodge – 34395 CA-96, Orleans, CA 95556. (707)-499-0901. Cabins and on-site pool, beautiful views.
  • Sandy Bar Ranch – 797 Ishi Pishi Rd., PO Box 347, Orleans, CA, 95556. (530)-627-3379. 6 riverside cabins, goats milk and fresh eggs, pet friendly, great fishing location. WiFi available.

Happy Camp: 45 minutes North of meeting location

  • Elk Creek Campground – 921 Elk Creek Rd., Happy Camp, CA 96039. (530) 493-2208. On the Klamath River. 3 on site cabins with private bathrooms, kitchenette or full kitchens, volleyball, horseshoes, laundry, recreation room. RV sites & tent spaces also available.

Bring your own tent and camping equipment
General Area Camping:

Orleans: 20 minutes South from meeting location.

  • Klamath River Riverside RV Park – 37695 HWY 96 (Bigfoot Scenic Byway), Orleans, CA 95556. (530)-627-3239. Water and electric at each camp site, hot showers, laundry room, pet friendly, WiFi available. Book well in advance, they fill up fast!

Happy Camp: 45 minutes North of meeting location

  • Elk Creek Campground – 921 Elk Creek Rd., Happy Camp, CA 96039. (530) 493-2208. On the Klamath River. Hot showers, volleyball, horseshoes, laundry, recreation room. Cabins,  RV sites & tent spaces some with water and electric available.