California River List

Mountain Rivers, Camping Fishing Rivers

Northern California, Sierra Nevada, Central Coast and SoCal

Stanislaus River, Sonora Pass
Stanislaus River Central Sierra Nevada Mountains Sonora Pass CA 108 / Ebbetts Pass CA 4 Stanislaus National Forest The Sierra Nevada mountain route that usually closes first and opens last, due to snow and rock slides . Sonora Pass snow is epic, but often unaccessible most of the year. Snow melt can be slow and this route may not open by ...
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Kings River California Sierra Nevada Kings Canyon National Park Kings River is the longest river in the Sierra Nevada mountains, spanning a 70+ miles of terrain from edge of the Eastern Sierra to the western Sierra foothill reservoirs, and down to the agricultural San Joaquin Valley @ Fresno, CA Classification/Mileage: Wild — 65.5 miles Recreational — 15.5 miles Total — ...
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Susan River California  67 miles long, northern boundary of the Sierra Nevada Lassen Peak to Susanville, CA Lassen Volcanic National Park California's Susan River begins way up @ Caribou Lake (6,571' elevation) , on the east side of Lassen Peak at an altitude of 10,457'  inside the Caribou Wilderness. Silver Lake (6400' elev) at the Silver Bowl w/ Lassen National ...
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McCloud Creek & McCloud River South of Mount Shasta Shasta National Forest The pleasure of visiting McCloud - hiking, biking and camping - is best done in the summer or early autumn. This region receives large amounts of snow, so visiting in winter often means a snow-mobile. The McCloud River starts on the east side of the National Forest and flows west through ...
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Coastal California Foothills & Farmland US Highway 101 cuts thru Salinas Valley & is home to the Salinas River. This area is rich in farming, and industry w/ some residential Rolling hills with oak trees; cattle in every open field, fresh air and wide open vistas. River has no big campgrounds or city campgrounds, except for the seaside area, where the ...
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Yuba River Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains Tahoe National Forest North Gold Country @ Historic Highway 49 Marysville, California Historic 'gold rush' mining camps and towns line this popular recreation river in the Northern Sierra. Numerous State Parks, museums, and campgrounds can be found along this route, in which Tahoe National Forest land encompasses the whole region. North fork of the Yuba River ...
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All the Feather Rivers in California Northern California's impressive Feather River Watershed is massive and drains the lower half of snowy Mount Lassen @ 10,457' elevation. The Plumas National Forest and Lassen Forest region is where the Sierra Nevada granite meets the volcanic rock of the Cascade mountain range. RECORD RAINS: In most recent times, 2017 was the wettest year ...
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American River, Central Sierra Nevada Donner Pass - Gold Country California El Dorado National Forest Folsom Lake, Sacramento, CA This is a major river in the Sierra Nevada landscape, as well as in the Gold Rush history of California. Many mining camps, railways, old abandon mines, dirt roads, hiking trails, mountain biking routes, waterfalls and even ancient artifacts can be found on ...
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San Joaquin River, Sierra Nevada Edison Lake, Florence Lake, Shaver Lake, Huntington Lake Kaiser Wilderness, Sierra National Forest 2021 – MUCH OF THIS RIVER may be INACCESSIBLE, due to the Creek Fire 2020 The San Joaquin watershed begins way up in the High Sierra, Ansel Adams Wilderness to be exact. Eastern Sierra ranges, up behind Mammoth Mountain peaks called The Minarets, the snow ...
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Kaweah River California Kaweah Lake Camping Picnic & Wildflowers Horse Creek Campground Sequoia Kaweah Lake, California The Kaweah River is fed from snow melt in the southern Sequoia National Park & Golden Trout Wilderness . Since this location is the Southern Sierra Nevada mountains, where drought is more apparent, expect this river to be smaller than most of the other Sierra rivers ...
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Santa Inez River, Santa Ynez, CA One of the largest rivers on the Central Coast of California, close to 100 miles long. You can find this river name spelled with "I" as well as "Y" on various maps featuring Santa Barbara. The smaller river "Inez" begins w/ the upper reservoirs, deep in Los Padres National Forest. After leaving Lake Cachuma heading ...
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Klamath River, Northern California The spectacular Klamath River is both the second largest and second longest river in California, making its way through over 250 miles both the Cascade and Coast Mountain Ranges. It's one of the most important rivers in the U.S. for fish migration. backpack boat camp canoe fish float kayak raft NorCal river renowned for fishing = salmon and ...
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Kern River Recreation  Due east of Bakersfield, CA the Kern Canyon's massive rock opens to the west with big water. CA 178 Narrow 2-lane highway, lined by tall rock walls, cliffs, curves, few pull-outs and less guardrails. Geologically, the drive is impressive entering the canyon. A large sign with death toll looms at the entrance, warning you to stay out and ...
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Photo Credit Erik Meldrum Salmon River, California Forks of the Salmon CAL SALMON - a 19.6-mile long tributary to the Klamath River, located in western Siskiyou County, CA One of the most remote & biologically intact watersheds left inside California. The headwaters of the Salmon River flow from the Trinity Alps, Marble Mountains, and the Russian Wilderness Areas. 850,000 acres of ...
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Wild & Scenic Smith River Smith River NRA Northern California, Del Norte County Wild Smith River Smith River National Recreation Area One of the least known rivers in the Golden State, the Smith is designated as a Wild and Scenic River. This could be one of the wildest and cleanest rivers in the world. Located in the Pacific Northwest, this ...
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Tule River Southern Sierra Nevada Foothills Great Western Divide 2021 – MUCH OF THIS RIVER may be INACCESSIBLE, due to the Castle Fire 2020 One of the smallest rivers in the Sierra Nevada, the Tule River has three forks and is located within Tulare County. Tule drains the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Great Western Divide, part of the Sierra Nevada range ...
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Trinity River of Northern California south - west - north & finally into the Klamath River Northern California's top river destination, the path of the Trinity River is not a typical westward flow. Headwaters begin in the Scott Mountains and the Trinity Alps, making its way into the Trinity Reservoir, then southbound to the Lewiston Reservoir, passing Douglas City and heads ...
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Susan River
Susan River in Susanville, CA

boatramp  camp  hiker canoe  fish  picnic

California Camping River

California Reservoirs & Lakes

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Lake Campgrounds

Central Valley Reservoirs

Oroville Dam Foreman Creek
Foreman Creek maxed out. Feb 2017. Oroville Dam
Highland Lake
Highland Lakes – the headwaters for 2 different Sierra river systems
Green Bridge @ Nacimiento, the back way into Big Sur. San Antonio River
Queen Lily Campground, North Feather River
Susanville Footbridge
Susanville Footbridge, Susan River California
Green Bridge San Joaquin
Green Bridge @ San Joaquin River; Kaiser Pass Road