Klamath River – Tree of Heaven Trip Planning

COVID-19 Considerations

In order to be open for business and to help protect the well-being of our guests and guides, we have implemented new precautions. Opinions vary on the necessity of these precautions, but we ask that you work with us on this.

  • Get vaccinated if you can.
  • Bring your own water and water bottles.
  • Bring facemasks. You will need to wear them if we are shuttling in the same vehicle together, which in most cases, we will be. You won’t need to use them otherwise.
  • Pre-screen your group for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before your trip. If someone in your group is feeling ill or has a fever, we will not be able to run the trip.
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

Please review our COVID-19 page for more details on what we are doing to mitigate the spread of this virus.

Meeting Time and Place

Where: Tree of Heaven Campground
When: 9:00 a.m. or as otherwise arranged.
Take-out Time: Full Day: 3-3:30 p.m.; 1/2 day 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Traveling North on I-5, take the third Yreka exit, turn left under the freeway; at the stop sign, turn right onto Hwy 263. Go for about 8 miles. When you come to Hwy 96, turn left. Tree of Heaven is 4 miles down the road, the first campground on your left.

Traveling South, Hwy 96 is about 15 miles below the Oregon border at the Collier Rest Area. Tree of Heaven is about 5 miles west.

Driving time from Mt. Shasta, 1 hr, Redding, 2 1/4 hrs, Ashland, 30 minutes

There are airports in Medford OR and Redding CA, with rental cars available.

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What To Bring

Definitely Bring:

  • Clothes/swimsuits to get wet in, dry clothes for the take-out.
  • Water bottles
  • Shoes or sandals that will stay on.
  • For cooler days, synthetic undergarments, fleece top, windbreaker.
  • Sun hat, sunblock, sunglasses w/ straps


  • Phone/camera
  • Spare glasses or contact lenses
  • Some extra cash if you want to tip your guides. They appreciate it!

What We Bring

  • Coast Guard approved life jackets and helmets
  • Wetsuits and paddle jackets when needed
  • Dry bags for your personal gear
  • First Aid
  • River Rescue Equipment
  • Drinking Water
  • Inflatable Kayaks, if requested


Your safety and comfort are our utmost concern. Our guides are mature, skilled professionals, certified in first aid and CPR. All trips are equipped with first aid kits and river rescue equipment. Safety procedures will be explained in detail prior to and during the trip. Because of the inherent risks involved with any outdoor activity, we are required to have you sign an acknowledgment of risk and release of liability before your trip.

Inflatable Kayaks

Our self-bailing inflatable kayaks are one-person rafts, very stable, easy to paddle and immense fun. At safe water levels, we bring a few to share on our class II and III runs.

Purchasing Gear

If you would like to purchase some of your own river gear, go to NRS.


If you feel your guide did an outstanding job, a tip is a great way to show your appreciation.