Klamath, California, US
|Usual Difficulty||III+(IV) (for normal flows)|
|KLAMATH R NR SEIAD VALLEY CA|
|usgs-11520500||700 - 8000 cfs||III+(IV)||00h53m||14300 cfs (too high)|
Bigwater rapids, warm water and minimal hazards are the trademarks of the "Lower Klamath". Most rapids are class II wavetrains with a few larger rapids thrown in to spice things up. The exception is class IV "Dragon's Tooth" which loves to flip rafts but doesn't have too much of a hazard.
Year round flows make the Klamath a popular option for summer boating, offering a variety of day
trips or multi-day car or river support trips. Although Highway 96 follows the river, it is often
out of view and the scenery is very nice. Wildlife is common with Eagle and Osprey sightings
being common, as well as Black Bear and Elk.
Seventeen miles below Happy Camp, Ukonom Creek is a popular side hike with lush vegetation and a beautiful waterfall.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
This is the biggest and most problematic rapid in this section of the Klamath. The Dragon's Tooth is a large rock outcrop in the middle of the river. Smaller outcrops clutter the sides and direct river traffic towards the tooth.
Ukonom Creek comes in on river left. It is a popular side hike up to swimming holes and waterfalls. There is also a good campsite at the mouth of the creek.
Interior Recommends Removing Klamath River Dams
April 8, 2013