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The Scott River Rafting guide
The Scott River is a Wild & Scenic River that winds 60 miles through Northern California before joining with the Klamath River. It boasts several Class V rapids and has wonderful scenery throughout. There are numerous access points, and some of the tougher rapids can be scouted from the road. The Scott typically needs to be run during the spring melt, so the best season is April-June.
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Based in Southern Oregon, Indigo Creek Outfitters is our preferred partner for the Scott River. In addition to the Scott, they operate on the Klamath and Rogue River. Learn more about Indigo Creek Outfitters.
The Scott is an intermediate to expert river run. There are numerous Class Vs in this section, including Boulder Creek Falls Rapid, which we recommend as a portage. Scout when in doubt.
Permits are not required to run the Scott River.
The Scott River has great highway access throughout, making the shuttle easy. It’s easiest to leave a car at Johnson Bar. Leaving a car in town at Mill Creek can be a bit tricky.
Indian Scotty Campground to Johnson Bar
We have mapped the river from Indian Scotty Campground to Johnson Bar. Many rafters elect to portage Boulder Creek Falls Rapid. If you want to do this, use the second put-in, which is just below Canyon Creek Rapid, and just above Canyon Creek Bridge. This is a fun section, with several Class V rapids, and pretty consistent action throughout.