Scott River

Section of river: The Scott begins in the spectacular Marble Mountains and flows through the Scott Valley before dropping into a forested canyon full of rapids
Difficulty: Class V
Length: 10.2 miles
Season: Spring (April, May, June)
Best rapids: Boulder Creek Falls, White House, Tompkins Creek Falls, and Schuler Gulch


scott_river_imageThe Scott River meanders through the wide farmlands of the Scott Valley before descending into a canyon carved along the eastern edge of the Marble Mountains.

In this granite-walled canyon, the Scott becomes whitewater. Many rivers have a stretch of flatwater to warm up on…not this one! At the end of the first pool, it begins immediately with miles of Class III and IV rapids, fast and furious. As the canyon deepens the river intensifies and for the next few miles we scout and run a series of Class IV and V drops and boulder gardens.

One of California’s most scenic and exhilarating rivers, running undammed for its entire length, the Scott offers some of the finest spring whitewater rafting in the state.