Deer Creek, California, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|DEER C NR VINA CA|
|usgs-11383500||400 - 1000 cfs||IV-V||00h51m||98.2 cfs (too low)|
Deer Creek has the lore of the Ishi Wilderness hemmed in by basalt and poison oak.
The rapids are tasty and the window on this run is limited.
Preferred as a multi-day expedition. Deer Creek flows through the land of the Yahi Yana people cutting into some beautiful remote areas with thick chapparal vegetation and mini-canyons. Deer Creeek sits in the Lassen National Forest and holds some unique geology and whitewater. (Imagine boating through long tubes of black basalt akin to tunnels on the lower section.)
Overnight parking at the take-out has resulted in break-ins. Shuttle bunnies rule!
Cassady & Calhoun, Holbek & Stanley, Martin
See Bill Tuthill's California
Creekin and Jason Rackley's Oregon
Kayaking for great descriptions, including pictures that'll make you want to pack up and
leave right now, of this classic multiday creeking trip.
Rackley says: "You will never forget your first run down this creek; it is truly a wonderful, thrilling, altogether fulfilling experience!"