One of the “silver linings” of the snowpack/flow situation here in California this year is the opportunity to do spring raft trips on Goodwin Canyon. As with last year, we’ll host our popular “Goodwin Canyon Days” in the Fall (more info on that later!), but we also have the chance to raft this unusual class IV run from now until May 24 as well.
Why so unusual? Well, Goodwin Canyon is an isolated section of the Stanislaus River that offers a crazy combo of a steep volcanic gorge, a lush riparian environment (that’s fancy talk for “lots of greenery along the riverbank”), and a couple intense rapids punctuated by long mellow class III sections. Sometimes there are even waterfalls along the river banks. Goodwin Canyon is also super close to the Bay Area making it a quick getaway for you denizens of The City and surrounding areas. Go to the Ferry Building or visit the de Young another weekend–check out Goodwin Canyon this spring instead!
Don’t take my word for it–read Goodwin Canyon rafting reviews from other rafters.
(Above: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, class 4+ rapid on Goodwin Canyon)