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A Kayaker's Paradise: Lower Trinity River, CA

Flowing out of the Trinity Alps, the crystal clear Trinity River is dam-controlled and has guaranteed flows throughout most of year. There truly is something for just about everyone on the Trinity, including both the Class V Burnt Ranch and several long stretches of Class II. Once you’re there, you won’t want to leave. The Pigeon Point run is very popular and the Lower Section is a good option with younger kids. Both are a short drive from the Park. You can even put in or take out at our beach.


For a good synopsis of kayaking runs & take outs check out this site: Trinity River Whitewater & Scenery (californiawhitewater.com). Some excerpts and maps for excellent kayaking runs near our Park (www.dellomarv.com) are included below:





Pigeon Point – Class II-III


Big, rolling, class II and III rapids are the trademark of the Pigeon Point run, which is perfect for families, first time rafters, or anyone looking for a fun adventure with a low fear factor. Rapids such as Good Morning American, Z-Drop, Hell Hole, and Fishtail will keep the adrenaline flowing and the kids squealing with excitement. This run is great for first-time rafters, inflatable kayakers, and for kayakers ready to make the plunge into Class III rapids.


Although the Pigeon Point run is all roadside along Highway 299, it runs through such a remote part of California that it still feels uncivilized. The hillsides are densely forested with pine, fir, alder, and oak trees, and the wildflowers in the springtime fill the canyon with beautiful colors. The Trinity is also a significant river for Salmon runs, although the Salmon populations have dwindled some in the past decade. Chinook, Coho, and Steelhead can all be found in the Trinity.


Insider Tip: Surf spot at Pigeon Point Campground

There is a nice ledge hole/ surf spot just upstream of Pigeon Point Campground. So if you arrive to camp the night before, head upstream on the trail and get in a little evening surf sesh.



Lower Trinity – Class II

Perfect for younger kids and wildlife lovers, the Lower Trinity is remote and provides a genuine wilderness experience. The rapids are Class II, mellow and splashy, and good for learning how to kayak or getting into an inflatable for the first time. Several tributaries have flowed into the Trinity at this point, so the river is higher volume, but the rapids are still family-friendly. Because of the lush vegetation throughout the canyon, wildlife seems to flourish along the lower Trinity.


Come stay with us and take advantage of the amazing kayaking options nearby Trinity River, a hidden gem. Go here for cabin, glamping tent, RV and tent site options: Trinity River Campgrounds & Cabin Rentals | Del Loma RV Park.

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