Sacramento River - Redding to Balls Ferry

Weaverville, California

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With dependable flows, this big, fast river is extremely popular for boating, fishing, and rafting as it flows through the expanse of the upper Sacramento Valley. The Sacramento River, 377 miles long, is fed from Lake Shasta and diversions from the Trinity River. Summer flows on the Sacramento often range from 8,000 to 12,000 cfs. Frequent riffles, standing waves, some choices of channel, and occasional submerged snags mark the channel. Summer daytime temperatures in Redding are often above 100 degrees F and the nights may stay in the 80s, so bring sun protection and lots of drinking water. Where the banks are low, a wide panorama reveals 14,400-foot Mt. Shasta dominating the northern horizon, 10,000-foot Lassen Peak crowning the Sierras, and splendid views of the 7,000-foot coastal range summits.

Sacramento River - Redding to Balls Ferry Professional Review and Guide

"With dependable flows, this big, fast river is extremely popular for boating, fishing, and rafting as it flows through the expanse of the upper Sacramento Valley. The Sacramento River, 377 miles long, is fed from Lake Shasta and diversions from the Trinity River. Summer flows on the Sacramento often range from 8,000 to 12,000 cfs. Frequent riffles, standing waves, some choices of channel, and occasional submerged snags mark the channel. Summer daytime temperatures in Redding are often above 100 degrees F and the nights may stay in the 80s, so bring sun protection and lots of drinking water. Where the banks are low, a wide panorama reveals 14,400-foot Mt. Shasta dominating the northern horizon, 10,000-foot Lassen Peak crowning the Sierras, and splendid views of the 7,000-foot coastal range summits."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Weaverville
Distance: 22
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5 to 7 hours
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring, summer, and autumn
Local Maps: USGS Redding, Cottonwood, Balls Ferry
Driving Directions: Directions to Sacramento River - Redding to Balls Ferry

Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2005
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Fantastic for canoeing. There are some light rapids, just enough to keep you on your toes. This river needs more canoeists. we were the only ones out there. This is a high volume river, so don't let the calm looking waters fool you. The river deserves respect. Its hot out there in the summer. Bring a big hat and a lot of sunscreen.



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