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Difficulty I-II
Length 48 Miles
Gauge KLAMATH R BL IRON GATE DAM CA
Flow Range 500 - 50000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 59 minutes ago 1330 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 10/26/2018 4:55 pm

River Description


From Tree of Heaven campground to Gottville is a very good beginner run. The run has many class 2 rapids, 3 class 2+ rapids and 1 class 3- rapid (at Lumgrey Creek) It is also home to the Schoolhouse Wave, this neck of the woods favorite summer playspot. It's located just downstream of milepost 93.5 (If I remember my milepost right). Friendly flows for Schoolhouse are 900 to 1,150 (Iron Gate plus Shasta) It may be a narrow range but most summers it's in from July thru Sept. 24/7. Dry years upstream can change the flow regime and two out of the last three years in August flows out of Iron Gate jumped to 1,400cfs but came back down after three or four days. so give the internet a check before you head out. Also water quality that has always been suspect has now confirmed to be not good and the last few years warnings have been issued to avoid contact (esp dogs) by the North Coast regional water quality board usually in mid August for toxic blue green algae that originates from upstream reservoirs. Which has cut down my playtime as I go elsewhere. 
Nick Sinderson  2011.

 

Other information sources:
CaCreeks
Wikipedia
Klamath water controversy info
EPA map, pdf

Rapid Descriptions

Tree of Heaven Campground

Class - N/A Mile - 15
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Lumgrey Creek rapid

Class - III Mile - 20
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These rapids may be the most difficult on this section.

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Nick Sinderson
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8 years ago

From Tree of Heaven campground to Gottville is a very good beginner run. The run has many class 2 rapids, 3 class 2+ rapids and 1 class 3- rapid (at Lumgrey Creek) It is also home to the Schoolhouse Wave, this neck of the woods favorite summer playspot. It's located just downstream of milepost 93.5 (If I remember my milepost right). Friendly flows for Schoolhouse are 900 to 1,150 (Iron Gate plus Shasta) It may be a narrow range but most summers it's in from July thru Sept. 24/7. Dry years upstream can change the flow regime and two out of the last three years in August flows out of Iron Gate jumped to 1,400cfs but came back down after three or four days. so give the internet a check before you head out. Also water quality that has always been suspect has now confirmed to be not good and the last few years warnings have been issued to avoid contact (esp dogs) by the North Coast regional water quality board usually in mid August for toxic blue green algae that originates from upstream reservoirs. Which has cut down my playtime as I go elsewhere.

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Interior Recommends Removing Klamath River Dams

4/8/2013
Megan Hooker

On Thursday, April 4th, the Department of Interior recommended removing four dams on the Klamath River, listing the action as the Preferred Alternative for a long-term solution to address native fishery and water resource issues in the Klamath Basin. The recommendation was set forth in the Department's Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which provides a comprehensive review of whether partially or fulling removing four dams owned and operated by PacifCorp will help to restore salmon runs to the Klamath River.

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Klamath River Restoration Public Comment Period Open (OR/CA)

10/5/2011
Thomas O'Keefe

A public comment period is now open for the restoration of the Klamath River through November 21st. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced in late September that the federal government has completed numerous peer-reviewed scientific and technical studies providing new and detailed information about the environmental and economic impacts of removing four Klamath River hydroelectric dams.

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AW Weighs in on Klamath River (OR/CA)

12/11/2006
Thomas O'Keefe

AW provides comment on the four lower dams on the Klamath River that continue to have a devastating impact on salmon populations. We have formally requested a full environmental review of removing all four dams on the Klamath River so all stakeholders can make an informed decision regarding the fate of the Klamath River.
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