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Difficulty III
Length 36 Miles
Gauge KLAMATH R NR SEIAD VALLEY CA
Flow Range 700 - 8000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 44 minutes ago 1240 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 10/26/2018 4:56 pm

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January 31 2011 Nick Sinderson provided:
I've paddled a couple of sections between Sarah Totten and Happy Camp; Blue Heron (just above Sarah Totten) to O'Neil Creek and Portugese Creek to China Point Neither of these runs have much in the way of whitewater but make pleasant floats/fishing trips in fall when the salmon and steelhead are in the river. Each run does contain at least one class 3 rapid so keep that in mind. On the lower section just below mile post 55 and 'Savage Rapids' is the bronco wave (AKA Marquis) this is a good surf wave and it's in when the Klamath River @ Seiad Valley gauge reads 1,300 to 1,600 cfs. I think 1,500 is best. The most reliable times of year to catch Bronco is in late June to early July and October when flows out of Iron Gate rise but before the fall rains swell the side creeks.

Thanks for that report, Nick.

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Nick Sinderson
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8 years ago

I've paddled a couple of sections between Sarah Totten and Happy Camp; Blue Heron (just above Sarah Totten) to O'Neil Creek and Portugese Creek to China Point Neither of these runs have much in the way of whitewater but make pleasant floats/fishing trips in fall when the salmon and steelhead are in the river. Each run does contain at least one class 3 rapid so keep that in mind. On the lower section just below mile post 55 and 'Savage Rapids' is the bronco wave (AKA Marquis) this is a good surf wave and it's in when the Klamath River @ Seiad Valley gauge reads 1,300 to 1,600 cfs. I think 1,500 is best. The most reliable times of year to catch Bronco is in late June to early July and October when flows out of Iron Gate rise but before the fall rains swell the side creeks.

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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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