Feisty fish and fierce rapids are the calling cards for the Upper Klamath, California’s second-longest river. Kayaks, canoes, raft, and, at points, powerboats tackle the Klamath, which roughly translated from Chinook language means swiftness. Fall King Salmon, Winter Steelhead Steelhead and Summer Steelhead Flyfishing attract anglers, while summer’s made to order for Summer Steelhead. Dam-controlled flows create electrifying ribbons of whitewater through Satan’s Gate and Hell’s Corner rapids. And the river is a popular wayside for migrating birds. The list of frequent flyers includes blue and green herons, lots of eagles, cormorants, and even pelicans. It’s a kinder, gentler float from the Oregon border to Copco Lake through open country littered with remains of mines, ranches, mills, and even a historic 19th century health spa.
The white water of the Upper Klamath are rated at class IV+ to V (Caldera and Hells Corner rapids are rated class IV+ to V, depending on water levels and who is doing the rating). These classes are considered advanced to expert on a scale of one to six. In the middle 5 miles of the Upper Klamath, there are 19 separate rapids rated class III or higher. If you are not a seasoned raft rat, there are a number of White Water Rafting Guides and Outfitters who offer safe, professionally guided raft trips ranging from one to three days. These outfitters all have many years of experience and their guides are all well trained in running safe raft trips. Most Whitewater Guides offer shore lunches and you might hear a good tale or two as well. Contact one of our Guides and Outfitters for best local information.
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