Cache Creek is perfect for novices that don’t want supervision or people that want to learn how to guide. There are two main sections of Cache Creek and both are Class II and fun. There are several outfits that will rent you a raft, life vests, and do your shuttle which makes a day trip easy.
|Difficulty:||Class II+ (one III+)|
|Flows:||500 cfs – 3000cfs|
|Put-in:||Confluence with Bear Creek|
Lower Cache Creek: Most people run Cache Creek below it’s confluence with Bear Creek along Highway 16.There is a nice turnout just below the Bear Creek confluence.
This run has many fun Class II rapids and you’ll run some great ones right away. The geology of the area is interesting and numerous campsites on river left add to the entertainment value in the summer months. You’ll definitely want to keep on your toes because there is a low water bridge that is a mandatory portage 2.7 miles below the confluenc of Cache Creek and Bear Creek. Just beyond the portage is a tricky rapid “Widowmaker” followed by several miles of fun Class II.
The biggest challenge of the trip comes just below a Highway 16 bridge, the class III+ Mother. This challenging rapid deserves a scout by all but the bravest boaters. You can scout on the left. After Rowboat, there are several miles of Class II before you make it to take out.
If you’re interested in pictures and the perspective of an inflatable kayaker, check out cacreeks’s Cache Creek description.
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