Difficulty III+(IV)
Length 18 Miles
Flow Range 700 - 8000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 50 minutes ago 1080 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 08/03/2020 5:10 am

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. Highway 96 follows the river. The HWY  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.

Rapid Descriptions

Rattlesnake Rapid

Class - III Mile - 4

Dragon's Tooth

Class - IV Mile - 15.3

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
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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. 


Gage Descriptions

Klamath below Seiad Valley

Directions Description

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Date Flow Result Factor  
1998-06-18 High Fatality Other Read More



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Interior Recommends Removing Klamath River Dams

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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