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Beginner overnight river

Hi,

I'm looking for a recommendation for a class II/easy class III river for a 2 day trip with a group of friends. The plan would be inflatable kayaks and a gear boat. We don't have our own gear, so would need somewhere that rents boats nearby. We're in California so a river within California would be best, but rivers within about 2 hours of a major airport in the western US would also work. Anytime between May - August works.

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Nor Cal /So Cal?
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Some folks stretch the S Fork into 2 days. Not much river camping but there are a couple riverside campgrounds.
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Lower Klamath, Eel or Trinity could fit the bill. Here's the CA American Whitewater page for more info: https://www.americanwhitewater.org/c...mary/?state=CA
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Lower Klamath, Eel or Trinity could fit the bill. Here's the CA American Whitewater page for more info: https://www.americanwhitewater.org/c...mary/?state=CA
I couldn't find any companies that rent kayaks and rafts near either the Klamath or Eel, I only saw guided trips. Maybe I missed some?
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Clavey rents kayaks but it would help knowing where you are from.
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The group lives throughout CA (2/3rd around the bay area and 1/3rd in LA).
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Bigfoot Rafting on the 299 outside Willow Creek on the Trinity river does rentals. They’ve rented me both paddle and oar rigged rafts before. They can provide dry bags, pfds, paddles etc. Very reasonable and also run shuttles. Good people. The upper Trinity has a nice run that can be over nighted from Douglas City to Junction City. Very low class (I-II). Don’t go much further though. Some class IV and V are below there and oddly enough people get caught up in the Burnt Ranch Gorge who don’t know better. Beautiful river not much wider than a creek up there.

http://publiclands.org/pdf/CA/TrinityRiver.pdf
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Take the drive to Fruita CO and do the Ruby Horse Thief float.

Rent gear and shuttle at the put in.

Stay at the state park super facilities including showers. Plenty of good places to eat in Fruita.

Grand Junction a few miles away has everything including airport.

Ruby Horse Thief is a beautiful canyon to float. Aways has water. Plenty of camps some just awesome with shade others with full sunlight.

Colorado Monument is as scenic as it gets and easy to drive. One of the most scenic drives any where.

Worth the drive for a easy but fun first float.
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How About the Grand Ronde?

Grand Ronde, in Northeastern Oregon. There's a great stretch from Minam Store to Powwatka Bridge, or farther, if you like. You can rent boats at the put-in. Beautiful, lush, scenery, mellow whitewater, lovely campsites, mountain goats. No permit lottery - just self-register at the put-in. It's a perfect family trip, in my opinion.
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