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Lower Klamath River

Happy Camp, in N. California /

Level: Beginner to Intermediate /

Class 2-3

Overnight Wilderness Trip for Families!

Lower Klamath River rafting provides ideal multi-day N. California white water rafting trips for families and first timers. This is an easier river than the South Fork American, but in a more secluded setting. With a few inflatable kayaks, there can be more than enough excitement for older children or more experienced river runners. Its location provides a great remote and “get-a-way from it all” river trip.

When rafting on the Lower Klamath River you will enjoy its large sandy beaches, its warm waters and the opportunity for a side hike through the rain forest setting of Ukonom Creek. There are also many fun white water rapids with the biggest being Kanaka Falls (or Rattlesnake), and the Class 3+ Dragon’s Tooth. There is the option of walking younger children around some rapids.

Lower Klamath River rafting trips are also known for great fishing (steelhead & salmon), and abundant wildlife. You might spot heron, osprey, eagles, black bear, deer, beaver, raccoon and otters. It is the legendary home to Sasquatch, and it’s not hard to imagine “Big Foot” hidden in the majestic forests along the river.

The Klamath River runs 148 miles from below Iron gate dam to its confluence with the Trinity River and is California’s third longest river. It is one of the few California rivers that offer continuous trips longer than 2 days. It passes through the Klamath National Forest, and borders the Siskiyou mountains and the Marble Mountain Wilderness.

The Karuk Indian tribe inhabits much of the river typically traveled by these trips. Traditional ceremonies are conducted at various locations and times on the sacred banks (“Inaam”) of the Klamath River. Out of respect for the tribe, camping and stopping is occasionally prohibited in certain areas.

Tributary Whitewater Tours ( operates under permit from the Klamath National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider.

Rafting Trips On The Lower Klamath River
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Meeting Location

Indian Creek river access area (SW of the town of Happy Camp)

There is no actual address, but the closest we have found is: 64340 CA-96, Happy Camp, CA 96039

Area Information

General Area Lodging Links:

Klamath River Resort Inn/Anglers Hotel – 61700 Hwy. 96, Happy Camp CA 96039.  (530) 493-2735. On river, 4 acres, river views from every room. Suites and kitchens available. Hot tub, TV, laundry, BBQ pits, pet friendly.

Forest Lodge Motel- 63712 Hwy. 96, Happy Camp CA 96039. (530) 493-5296. 15 units, CSAA Approved/Discount. Free parking while on river trip.

Thompson Creek Lodge – 52431 Hwy. 96, Seiad Valley, Ca. 96086. (530) 496-3505. 20 miles east of Happy Camp. 1 and 2 bedroom cabins in beautiful location.

Accommodations also available in Yreka (off I5, 65 miles E. of meeting place).

Yreka Chamber of Commerce

General Area Lodging Links:

Elk Creek Campground – 921 Elk Creek Rd, Happy Camp, CA 96039. (530) 493-2208. On river, 15 units, hot showers, volleyball, horseshoes, laundry, recreation room. Cabins, trailer units, RV & tent spaces.

Curly Jack Campground – Klamath National Forest, Happy Camp. (530) 493-2243. 16 sites, RV parking (no hook-ups).

Frontier Lodge – 64118 Second Ave. Happy Camp, CA 96039. (530) 493-2242. Cafe and Bar. Family dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Pizza House – 63801 Hwy 96 Happy Camp CA. (530) 493-5454. Pizza, homemade crust

The New 49ers – (530) 493-2012

Stop by a local Ranger Station or visit: for fishing regulations and fishing licenses. Some popular fishing spots are: Kangaroo Lake, Juanita Lake and Castle Lake.

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