Klamath - 3) Happy Camp to Coon Creek


Klamath, California, US

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3) Happy Camp to Coon Creek

Usual Difficulty III+(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 18 Miles

Camping on the Klamth


Camping on the Klamth
Photo taken 01/07/10

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
KLAMATH R NR SEIAD VALLEY CA
usgs-11520500 700 - 8000 cfs III+(IV) 01h03m 8320 cfs (too high)


River Description

Bigwater rapids, warm water and minimal hazards are the trademarks of the "Lower Klamath". Most rapids are class II wavetrains with a few larger rapids thrown in to spice things up. The exception is class IV "Dragon's Tooth" which loves to flip rafts but doesn't have too much of a hazard.

Year round flows make the Klamath a popular option for summer boating, offering a variety of day trips or multi-day car or river support trips. Although Highway 96 follows the river, it is often out of view and the scenery is very nice. Wildlife is common with Eagle and Osprey sightings being common, as well as Black Bear and Elk.

Seventeen miles below Happy Camp, Ukonom Creek is a popular side hike with lush vegetation and a beautiful waterfall.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-10-05 09:29:16

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
4.0Rattlesnake RapidIIIPhoto
15.3Dragon's ToothIVPhoto
17.3Ukonom CreekN/A

Rapid Descriptions

Rattlesnake Rapid (Class III, Mile 4.0)

Rattlesnake Bar

Rattlesnake Bar
Photo taken 01/07/10


Dragon's Tooth (Class IV, Mile 15.3)

Dragon's Tooth from above

Dragon's Tooth from above
Photo of Dragon's Tooth by Scott McKinnon taken 07/29/02 @ 950cfs

This is the biggest and most problematic rapid in this section of the Klamath.  The Dragon's Tooth is a large rock outcrop in the middle of the river.   Smaller outcrops clutter the sides and direct river traffic towards the tooth.



Ukonom Creek (Class N/A, Mile 17.3)

Ukonom Creek comes in on river left.  It is a popular side hike up to swimming holes and waterfalls.  There is also a good campsite at the mouth of the creek. 




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