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Merced River: Fare thee well until next year!

July 3rd, 2008 Malina

Well kids, it’s time to pack up your sleeping bag, brush the cookie crumbs out of your tent, and head on home–the Merced River is officially out of commission until next spring when its rolling waves trains will reverberate with the happy hollering of soaked-to-the-bone whitewater rafters once more.  Until then, if you need a fix of class IV whitewater you have two great options for Northern California rafting left this year.  First, you have the Middle Fork of the American River, whose 17 miles of rafting goodness will surely satisfy your need for speed.  If its incomparable class IV rapid Tunnel Chute doesn’t do it for you, then I really don’t know what to say.  Perhaps skydiving is your thing?  You also have the Tuolumne, with its beautiful clear water, gigantor boulders, and the highlight of Clavey Falls, a class IV+ drop that creates wall-to-wall whitewater…… 

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