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Klamath River Delta

The Klamath River Delta is known for its exceptional beauty, diverse wildlife and superb kayaking and photography opportunities. Together combined they provide the setting for a one-of-a-kind paddling experience.

The Klamath River Delta is one of the most beautiful places to paddle in Northern California. While on the water you will be able to take in picturesque, sandy beaches and breathtaking views of dense green forests that will leave you speechless. The delta is the perfect destination for both novice and seasoned paddlers alike.

If you want guaranteed wildlife sightings, kayak the Klamath River Delta. Paddling enthusiast will enjoy the abundant wildlife and transitory scenery. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for great blue herons and eagles flying overhead. Fallen logs and branches protruding from the water’s surface provide shelter and hunting areas for fish and mammals, while turtles use them to sunbathe. Bear sightings feeding along the river bank are not uncommon. After an invigorating paddle you can enjoy and abundance of additional recreational activities such swimming, fishing and lagoon exploration. Or you can relax on the beach and watch the stunning sunsets.

The Klamath River originates in the Klamath Basin in southeastern Oregon and carving its way across Northern California's rugged Siskiyou Mountains before draining into the Pacific Ocean. You can paddle quite a distance upriver from the mouth of the river, depending on the time of year. When the rainy season begins, the river becomes swollen quickly with fast moving rapids. The rapids ease after the small village of Weitchpec beginning towards the end of May. The section from Weitchpec to the ocean can be paddled at the mouth of the river near Requa. Always check on current water conditions before paddling any river.

Several years ago, the DOA Humboldt Kayak Club, based out of Northern California, shuttled their kayaks up about five miles by truck and they floated downstream to the mouth, where a sandbar spit closes off the estuary. After passing under the Highway 101 bridge, it is several more miles to paddle before you reach the ocean. If the wind starts to pick up, it can present a challenging paddle o the way back. A wind jacket is advisable to offset the increased spray as you paddle towards the ocean.

There are two areas to put-in locations. The first launch access is off of Sequa Road in Klamath, CA, which has an asphalt parking lot with a nice ramp.

The second launch access is off Klamath Beach Road with parking along the side of the road.

During the summer months, the daytime air temperatures range between 75 and 100 degrees. At night the temperatures are in the high 50's 60's, and 70's. The river’s water temperature in the summertime is in the mid-60s.

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The Klamath River is one of the first rivers in California to be granted National “Wild and Scenic” river status. It is one of the western continental most significant salmon runs. Fishing is permitted year-round, but steelhead runs will be more productive at different times of the year. The season can start on the Lower Klamath as early as July, but the real season doesn't get started until sometime around the middle of August to the middle of September.

Located right on the Klamath River, the Blue Heron RV Park is a superb location for camping. The Blue Heron RV Park features paved streets with large concrete pads and patios. All sites are full hook-up, including 20/30/50 amp electric, water and sewer. Beautiful restrooms, showers and laundry facility are provided. Most sites face the beautiful Klamath River.

Be sure to allow plenty of time to explore the wonders that kayaking the Klamath River Delta has to offer. Whatever you do, you do not want to miss paddling this amazing getaway!


 

 

 
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