Redwood Creek - Lacks Creek to Orick

Redwood Creek, California, US


Lacks Creek to Orick

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 25 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-11482500 250 - 30000 cfs III 01h12m 1030 cfs (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report. Gauge (277 sq.mi. drainage) is at take-out for this reach. A somewhat significant trib immediately precedes, so gauge will overstate flow in most of the reach.

River Description

Cassady & Calhoun, Holbek & Stanley, Schwind
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2001-05-20 18:52:08

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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January 10 2011 (2927 days ago)
Nick SindersonDetails
with dropping flows and good weather forecast (for January) some boating friends suggested we do a
little self-support trip on something new. After a check of Ca Creeks we decided on this run. (the
trip report on Ca. Creeks is excellent and accurate in every regard. If you plan on getting on this
run , read it) Flows at Blue Lake were approx. 270cfs when we put-on and 240cfs when we took off.
Flows at Orick were approx. 1,500 and 1,250 cfs put-in/take-out. We put on just above Stover Ranch
where the creek is very close to the road with no problem. We came prepared (dressed and packed)
and made quick and quiet work getting the gear from the road to the creek. Flow at the put-in was
more than enough to float both kayaks and the small raft we had with us and seemed to be much more
than 270 cfs. the whitewater section on this run is short but fun and satisfying. At our flow we
had no problem spotting the lead-in to the portage/class 5. If class 3 boaters are in the group;
Send the best boater down first to the eddy above the portage. Give him some time to get out and
get the rope ready, then take your time coming down to the eddy one by one leaving plenty of space
between boats in case something goes wrong. the portage isn't easy but it's fairly short. We lined
the raft through and all went well.