Class IV California Spring River Update

Posted June 10, 2008 by Malina

Options are slimming down somewhat for Class IV river trips for the rest of the spring season–the North Fork of the American and Stanislaus Rivers are officially kaput for 2008.  Heavily dependant on run-off, these rivers don’t have the reliable and lengthy seasons of rivers like the South and Middle Forks of the American and the Tuolumne/Cherry Creek.

Both the Kaweah and the Merced still have great flows because the snowpack that drains into their headwaters are holding out well.  We expect that the Kaweah will run strong for two more weekends.  Located near Yosemite, the Merced should keep on keepin’ on through the end of the month. 

The Main Tuolumne River’s class IV rapids will run strong into September.  Further upstream, the Upper Tuolumne, or Cherry Creek, will also have a long season.  If you want to add a side of Class V extreme adventure to a trip on the Tuolumne, take a long weekend and do them both!

For those of you interested in specific CFS on all of the California rivers we run and other wonky details, check out our flows page.


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