Cherry Creek

Bird’s Eye View

Ah Cherry Creek, some of the most sublime and thrilling whitewater in the nation, let alone California. Its class V rapids provide a serious challenge and ultimate adventure to both expert kayakers and seasoned boaters. These waters should not be attempted by someone who has not had considerable class IV+ kayaking experience. Commercial rafting trips with a professional guide are recommended if you haven’t been commandeering your personal boat on other challenging Class IV+ & V rivers.

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Cherry Creek Whitewater Photo Gallery


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The “Creek” in a Nutshell

Difficulty: Solid Class V

Gradient: 110 ft/mi

Length: 8 miles

Season: June – September

Put-in: Holm Powerhouse

Take-out: Meral’s Pool

Who should go: Expert, experienced kayakers and rafters; intermediate rafters should book a trip with a commercial outfitter.

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Whitewater & Scenery

Whitewate & Scenery Whitewater rapids are nonstop on the creek. Many Class IV rapids aren’t even named. Blind drops, boat-swallowing holes, and mandatory boofs will keep your heartrate up all day.

Read more about Cherry Creek Whitewater.

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River Flows

River FlowsMake sure to get started early because water shuts off from Holm Powerhouse at 11am. If you are doing are doing a trip on Cherry Creek, prepare for an early morning!

Learn more about Cherry Creek Flows.

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LogisticsCasa Loma is the typically meet spot for both commercial and private trips. The road to put-in is easy, but boater joke that driving Lumsden Road, on the way out, is harder than running the river.

Keep reading about Cherry Creek Logistics.

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Cherry Creek Video


Watch a Cherry Creek video before you see it up close.

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Places to Eat, Places to Stay
& Things To Do

Places To EatPlaces To StayThings To Do

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Local Gear Shops

Local Gear ShopsBuy gear and other supplies for your whitewater trip on Cherry Creek in Groveland, Sonora or Online.

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