kayaking from Redding to Sac: Planning stage

  • July 4, 2014 · 7:00 AM

Attention Kayakers: Steve Wopschall and I are planning a kayak trip from Redding to Sacramento on about July 4th. This is about 230 miles of paddling. We are looking for two more experienced, fun seeking, adventurous, easy going kayakers who would like to help us organize and execute this trip. This would give us an ideal group size of four for purposes of logistics and safety. Requirements: You must be somewhat crazy. You must also have your own equipment, have a vehicle capable of hauling at least two kayaks, four preferred, be experienced in kayaking and camping. We don't have enough information yet to know the number of days this trip will take, but right now we are estimating between 5 and 7 days depending upon flow rates. If interested, send me a message with some information about yourself and a phone number. Are you crazy enough to join us?

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  • Steve W.

    Part 2/2 of my post below due to 1000 character limit:

    From a scenery view point if you take out somewhere around where we finished our third day, you will get the most views for your time. We agree that the scenery on the fourth day was not quite as nice as the first 3 days.

    Honestly, the paddle between Redding and Hamilton City is incredible. We did this during the California 100 last year as a two person relay team. We might suggest 3 days for this paddle if you want to really take your time for photography, swimming, napping during the worst of the harsh sunshine, etc. If anyone wants any information on this paddle, feel free to contact us. We would like to do the Redding to Red Bluff part again and do an overnight camp. Kayak camping has just become my favorite way to camp!

    1 · June 30

    • John W, R.

      Paddling Red Bluff upriver though Chinese Rapid is a good wintertime way to stay in shape. Upstream from Kutras in the winter works too.

      July 11

  • Steve W.

    April George and I just completed this paddle (event). We launched at Redding Convention Center Boat Ramp on Thursday 26th at 0800. We camped the first night along the river bank just north of Red Bluff. The scenery was beautiful. There was very little boat traffic on the river. The flows were fine and the water hazards were easily navigated. We woke up to a few rain drops early on Friday morning and put the tent fly on. Friday we paddled down to just north of Hamilton City and camped on an island. Again we had almost the entire river to ourselves. Again the flows were fine and the hazards were easily avoided. Very beautiful scenery.

    Saturday we paddled down to a point midway between the cities of Glenn and Princeton and camped on a river bank. We had the river to ourselves this day. Beautiful scenery, lots of wildlife, hazards easily avoided, decent flows.

    Sunday we paddled down to our take out point at the state park in Colusa.

    1 · June 30

    • Richard

      Excellent! It looked like the river was pretty high. Let me know early if you plan on doing it again next year.

      July 11

  • John W, R.

    I'm a maybe. I've done Redding to Red Bluff a few times and would be paddling an 18ft QCC that moves right along. The Redding to Red Bluff can be done in 1 day. Cal 100 folks paddled all the way to Chico in a day. You could camp at Massacre Flat above the Bend Bridge on Paynes Creek BLM land.

    June 28

  • Steve W.

    Hey Moderators! How do we get this announced to the group so people might actually RSVP? Has the settings been changed or ? In the past I have made a last minute announcement for a paddle and it was posted automatically and people responded. I don't understand this. Thanks.

    June 12

    • Steve W.

      Sorry to sound stupid, but how do I approve the even to be announced?

      June 13

    • Jan

      In the future, you'll be prompted. I approved this one and sent out the announcement.

      June 14

  • Michael G.

    Sounds great. We already have plans this year, but make it a annual event and we would love to join next time!

    June 13

  • Thomas

    Hi Steve, you may want see how much the river changes past Red Bluff, it mostly becomes a water canal :/

    June 13

  • Richard

    Yes, I am crazy enough, but I think it might be a longer duration than you expect. I have done Anderson River Park to Jelly's Ferry Boat Ramp with an overnight camp opposite Lake California (BLM land), and it was 6 hrs day one, 5 hrs day two. I also know there are several weirs or other obstructions south of there that require you to carry your kayaks down to the lower level. Please keep me in the loop as your plans unfold.

    June 8

    • Richard

      I did it with a group who were not in a hurry, so we could have gone faster. It was mid-July, I think. I was on a sit-on-top and I like to cover a lot of ground (or water) quickly, so for the most part, I was exploring both banks while they meandered down the middle. The following year, they went again (I didn't), but they had to bail out early as the river was particularly high/fast. The opposite will probably be true this year. I only know what others have told me about the portages.

      June 9

    • April G.

      Thanks for responding. Sorry, I left town and was out of communications for a few days. You can please contact Steve at (530)[masked] or [masked] to discuss meeting up, if you like.

      June 12

  • April G.

    Hi, after talking to some experienced paddlers, we are thinking of changing the trip plan to just between Redding and Colusa. The dates for this trip are not set yet, but we are looking at ASAP due to river flows.

    This is approximately 154 river miles.

    Our thought is to have between a group of approximately 4-6 paddlers on this trip for logistical and safety reasons. We believe that covering 30-50 miles of river per day would be an ideal balance between progress, minimizing sun exposure, and providing for some leisure. The idea is to be completely self sufficient. We are looking at the block of time between approximately June 26 through approx July 3rd for this trip. We believe that this can be accomplished in about 4 days. We are looking for a few people who are just nuts enough to consider something like this at the last minute. Are you interested? If so, please contact Steve and April at (530)[masked] or [masked] asap.

    June 12

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