Klamath River Water Sports at Quigley’s

The Klamath river is well known for different water sport activities, while staying at Quigley’s here’s a list of those sports you can take advantage of.

The name “Klamath” was derived from the Indian word “Tlamatl” which means “swiftness” in Chinook.

Historically the Klamath river was home to the Karok, Modoc and Yurok Indian tribes. The Klamath River was the life blood of Native Americans who relied on it for salmon and trout.

This section of water along Quigleys is called the middle section of the Klamath river. It's pretty tame in comparison to the upper and lower sections of the river where you'll find more commercial rafting trips. If you're a beginning kayak-er or want to float in a raft and fish this is a perfect section of water, it's not big water for someone who would prefer a more wild and exciting ride.

Please Note: We do not rent out gear for the sports listed below. You must supply your own, but we have an eddy to takeout or put-in.

  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Canoeing 
  • SUP Boarding

Setting Up Your Shuttle:

If you want to take out at Quigley’s

Depending on whether you want to do a full-day trip or half-day trip there are two suggested river access points that are recommended.

Skeahan Bar River Access Point - 7.9 Miles upstream.

Here is a link for more information about the access point and what it provides:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/klamath/recreation/fishing/recarea/?recid=13069&actid=43

Gottville River Access Point - 4.6 Miles upstream.

Here is a link for more information about the access point and what it provides:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/klamath/recreation/fishing/recarea/?recid=13070&actid=43

If you want to put-in at Quigley’s

If you’re going to put-in at our eddy, and depending on how much time you want to spend on the river, here are two river access points to choose from as your takeout locations.

Brown Bear River Access Point - 9.6 Miles downstream from Quigley’s

Here is a link for more information about the access point and what it provides:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/klamath/recarea/?recid=13071

Blue Heron River Access Point - 15.3 miles downstream from Quigley’s

Here is a link for more information about the access point and what it provides:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/klamath/recarea/?recid=13072

Planning your private trip.

First, let’s discuss how much time to allocate while on the river. The average canoe paddler can travel 10 miles in 3.5 hours.

This depends upon the water flow, the equipment, and the skill of the paddler. This is somewhat true for SUP boarders, Kayakers and canoes. The big variables are your skills and how much time you take for breaks and lunch.

If you add other variables such as lunch breaks and your shuttle, you can easily add another 2 hours to the total time of your trip. Even though it’s summer and the days are longer, please plan ahead.

CAUTION: Much, if not all the land on both sides of the Klamath is private land that is fenced, with exception to a sportsman’s access on each side of the river.

If you decide to stop for lunch or take a break somewhere on your trip, you may find the fence may be down without the owner's knowledge and the animals cows/horses may venture to the riverside for water while you’re there. The animals may not be friendly, they most certainly don’t know who you are so, so be aware and be cautious.

If you decide to stop at an island in the middle of the river, then you have nothing to worry about.

The best step is to find another lunch or rest area. Please be aware.

Always do a pre-trip to make sure you are carrying all the right gear with you, more importantly, your safety gear.

Enjoy your time on the water, the Klamath river is a beautiful setting no matter what you choose to do.



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