With the exception of long multi-days, California seems to have it all. Mellow Class II? Done. Easily accessible Class V? It’s there. Beautiful, pristine, wilderness trips? Absolutely. Not surprisingly, most of the runs are located in the northern part of the state, but some rivers in Southern California – particularly the Kern – pack a long season with a multitude of whitewater.

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SectionRiverRegionLength of Trip (Days)RatingPermitInfo Quality
Upper KernKern RiverSouthern CA0.5VariesRequired.
Lower KernKern RiverSouthern CA0.5 - 2Class IVRequired.
Forks of the KernKern RiverSouthern CA1 - 3Class VRequired.
Brush CreekBrush CreekSouthern CA0.5Class V+Not required.
TuolumneTuolumneCentral CA1 - 2Class IV+Required.
Lower KlamathKlamath RiverNorthern CA0.5 - 4VariesNot required.
South Fork of the AmericanAmerican RiverNorthern CA0.5 - 2Class IIIRequired.
Middle Fork of the American RiverAmerican RiverNorthern CA1 - 2Class IV+Not required
Oregon Hole GorgeSmith River Northern CA0.5Class IV+ Not required
South Fork of the Smith RiverSmith River Northern CA0.5 Class IV+ Not required
Scott RiverScott RiverNorthern CA0.5 Class VNot required
Cal Salmon RiverCal Salmon RiverNorthern CA0.5 - 1Class VNot required
East Fork of the Carson RiverEast Fork of the Carson RiverCentral CA 0.5 - 1Class IIINot required