Klamath - 05. Iron Gate Dam to Sarah Totten CG

Klamath, California, US


05. Iron Gate Dam to Sarah Totten CG

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 48 Miles

Iron Gate Dam

Iron Gate Dam
Photo by Thomas O'Keefe В© taken 12/07/06

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-11516530 500 - 50000 cfs I-II 00h42m 1210 cfs (running)

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:
Klamath water controversy info
EPA map, pdf

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-10-26 16:55:50

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
15.0Tree of Heaven CampgroundN/AAccess
20.0Lumgrey Creek rapidIII

Rapid Descriptions

Lumgrey Creek rapid (Class III, Mile 20.0)

These rapids may be the most difficult on this section.

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Associated Projects

  • Klamath Restoration (OR & CA)
    AW supports restoration of the Klamath River for the benefit of salmon while providing appropriate opportunities for whitewater recreation.