Cache Creek, California, US
|Usual Difficulty||II(III) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||20 fpm|
|Max Gradient||30 fpm|
|Cache Creek Below Clear Lake|
|dream-394||1000 - 7000 cfs||II(III)||01h09m||1500 cfs (running)|
|No. Cache Creek Rel Indian Valley Dam|
|dream-033||500 - 6000 cfs||II(III)||00h39m||15 cfs (too low)|
|CACHE C NR LOWER LAKE CA|
|usgs-11451000||500 - 5000 cfs||II(III)||01h09m||1500 cfs (running)|
The usual objection to paddling Cache Creek are the hordes of Kamakazee Komercial Kayakers. The
Wilderness run pretty much eliminates this problem since 'the commercials' don't use that part of
the river. They do use the last four miles of the wilderness run but by the time you get there,
they will have most likely gone. In any case, we often do not see another person until the last
The run is very pretty if you like semi-arid mixed chaparral interesting geology kind of views (I do). We have seen Bald eagles, otters, deer swimming the river, osprey, quail, elk, herons, and wild turkey.
The big danger on this run is with trees in the water. Since this is a dam controlled stream, the water seldom gets high enough to clear the obstructions. There are several nasty spots where the less experienced members should consider walking. There are two of these in sharp right-hand bends.
There are some pretty good play spots as well. There are spots to surf, ender, cartwheel, and splat.
The shuttle takes an hour or so round-trip.
Here is the link to Bill Tuthill's California Creekin Website description of the Rumsey Run. This includes the section below this run.
Here are aerial photos of some of the rapids -- Note - you may be required to register to see these photos - It is a quick and simple process, and, as far as I can tell, it is without strings --:
This is the first of the ugly sweepers
Twist and Shout
Mad Mike Rapid
County Line Rapid
Other information sources:
cacreeks.com/cache.htm California Creekin - Cache Creek.
BRT Insights: Cache Creek guide
Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|2.0||Confluence with Cache Creek|
|8.0||Twist and Shout||II+|
|18.8||Yolo County - Upper Site|
|20.0||Yolo County - Middle Site|
The north fork merges with the main branch of Cache Creek that comes out of Clear Lake after 2 miles. Be sure to note the contrast between the cold clear water of the North Fork (from Snow Mountain via Indian Valley Reservoir) and the warm, smelly, brown water from "Clear" Lake.
This is often a better take out. It will cost $3 if you leave a car here but you can get very close to the water.
This is another take out. This is the public campground. It has a nice II+ rapid right below the camp and a great play spot. You can drive to within 100 feet of the river.