Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Rating: Class 4+
Minimum Age: 13 years
Length: 11-17 miles
Time: 8:00am – 5:30/6:00 pm
Price: Starting at $189 [ VIEW PRICES ]
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This Upper Klamath River raft trip is best tackled by those who have at least some Class 3 paddling experience, and does require strong swim skills.
We get an early start on this 1 day rafting trip, due to a 73 mile shuttle from Weed into Oregon. Its about 1 hr 20 min to the put-in below J.C. Boyle Powerhouse. This power house gives us those consistent all summer flows, and this Upper Klamath River raft trip is well worth the trek.
The trip starts out with 5+ miles of Class 3 rapids to warm up on before tackling the big stuff. Now the gradient changes and the rapids are long and the water is big. We will normally pull in to the Frain Ranch site on the left bank to allow the clients to scout the 100 yard boulder-choked chute of Caldera (Class 4+). The next 6 miles offers some wild white water as the Upper Klamath River carves its way through this high desert volcanic rock canyon. The 600 yard Class 4+ Hells Corner is the highlight, but there are other Class 4 rapids like Satan’s Gate, Ambush, Snag Island, and plenty of Class 3-3+ action too.
We lunch on the river before crossing back into California at mile 11. On the remaining stretch after the border, the canyon opens up and the river mellows, allowing you to try your hand at guiding the rafts or body-surfing. There is still some fun stuff over old diversion dams. We typically take out at Fishing Access 6 above Copco Lake. You will be served refreshments before loading up and heading back to the meeting location.