Archive for the 'North Stanislaus' Category


2014 California River Rafting Season Update [MAP]: Eight Rivers We’re Rafting This Year

April 21st, 2014 Malina
spring rafting map

We’re getting a LOT of questions about what kind of impact the drought is having on California rafting trips in 2014.  Let’s clarify the matter:  we have plenty of water for great rafting trips this year because of upstream reservoirs.  Our handy-dandy map shows you when and where all our rivers are running this season. […]

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Where in the World is AO? Pura Vida en Costa Rica!

February 13th, 2013 Amy diVittorio

Seems we may have a migratory pattern evolving with our AO staff.  Ever since Pam, former guide and manager of AO’s Merced operation, established a unique beach-side hostel in Playa Uvita, Costa Rica the AO migration has only increased. It’s no coincidence she calls it The Flutterby House. We’ve got AO guides migrating there like […]

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Sayonara Stanislaus

August 8th, 2011 Malina

Cue Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman singing “Time tooooooooooo Say Goodbyyyyyyyyyyyye…….” because our season on the North Fork of the Stanislaus is over.  The Stan had an incredible run this year, and we had thought that it would be continuing well into August, but the Powers That Be made some changes so presto!  Season over.  […]

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New Video: North Fork Stanislaus (6/26/11 trip)

August 3rd, 2011 Roxanne

If I had to pick a river that gives me butterflies every time I hear its name… brings back memories of high sides, steep drops, twisty technical turns, and quite the adrenaline rush, it would be the North Fork Stanislaus. Oh what a gem! It was my third time rafting and I was excited for my first Class […]

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North Stan Having the Season of its Life!

July 19th, 2011 Malina

We just got a bunch of official numbers from the Powers That Be on the North Stanislaus River and let me tell you, this is an unusual season.  We’ve had high water well-past the normal time zone, snowy rafting trips, massive logs across the river to contend with, and now, an end date that is practically unbelievable.  Usually, […]

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Last Chance for North Stan Rafting 2010

June 18th, 2010 Malina

The end is nigh for North Stan rafting trips this year!  Based on the snowpack in the North Stan watershed and the weather forecast we think there are only two more weekends of raftable flows on this outstanding class IV run.  What I’m sayin’ is, it’s time to quit yer hemmin’ and hawin’ and make […]

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Warm Temps = Higher water on California Rivers

May 12th, 2009 Malina

Good news for spring rafters!  The strong snowpack from winter 2009, combined with this week’s warming trend, mean water levels are rising on springtime rafting trips.  This might mean free-flowing rivers like the Merced will have slightly shorter seasons, but conditions are wonderful right now.   It’s really an even trade in the end–especially if you’re […]

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North Stanislaus River Rafting Video

August 9th, 2008 Tessa Sibbet

The North Stanislaus River flows only during a short period in the springtime, usually in late April and May. Unlike other Class IV Sierra runs, the North Stan is a high elevation run (nearly 5000 feet at put-in), lined by redwood trees and filled with enormous granite boulders. The North Stan is one of the […]

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North Fork Stanislaus and Goodwin Canyon Resurrected

August 7th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

We all thought we had seen the last of the Stanislaus River for this year, but lately it’s had a few surprises in store for us… We had left the North Stan for “dead” this year– dried out, done, finito. We were sure, a few weekends ago, that we had seen the last of run-able […]

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The Boat That Wouldn’t Budge

July 14th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

Wrap (n): The less-than-ideal situation in which a boat is held against a rock or boulder in the river for an indeterminant amount of time by the force of the current. When I and seven other guides got to the North Stanislaus this last Sunday morning and hiked down to look at the boat that […]

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