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Deer Creek (Lower)


Stretch: Ponderosa Way to Leininger Road
Difficulty: Lower run class IV to IV+ (one V-)
Distance: 23 miles, 2 days
Flows: 300 – 1,200? cfs. Current Dreamflows gauge
Gradient: Lower run 65 fpm (Much steeper sections)
Put-in: Ponderosa Way Bridge
Take-out: Leininger Road Bridge
Shuttle: 35 miles, 1.5 hours each way, Bad dirt Road for part
Season: April to June, natural
Written: © 2006
Featured in Video Eleven.



Take out: From highway 99, about 12 miles north of Chico, turn left onto Vina Road. At the T, turn left on Leininger and park near the bridge.

Put in: Take Leininger back towards Chico. Hop back on 99, towards Chico, take Keiffer Road (one road south of Meridian road). Take this to the T, and turn left on Cohasset Road. This turns into a dirt road and changed names to Ponderosa Way. Follow this. There are a few spots where the road divides, follow either the sings to Deer Creek painted on rocks, or follow the main road. It isn’t hard.

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