Mid-July California Rivers Flow UpdateJuly 20th, 2009 Malina
Here we are in the height of the summer California River rafting season and you have lots o’ options choose from–great news, but also part of the mixed feelings we in the industry have about dams. On the one hand we tend to be conservation minded and are well aware of dams’ many drawbacks ecologically. On the other hand, dams dramatically extend our rafting season and make water flows much more reliable. We’re able to organize trips and logisitics around scheduled flows and can give guests a pretty accurate idea of what to expect because we are so familiar with rafting the same flows summer after summer.
The mixed bag of dams aside, the end result is that we have three rivers that flow consistantly all summer–the South and Middle Forks of the American Rivers, and the Tuolumne River. The Tuolumne is really a two-for-one deal because not only do we get the class IV section of the main T, but we also get the class V section of the Upper Tuolumne, or Cherry Creek, as it’s more commonly known. We will offer consistant trips on all these rivers for the rest of summer!
(Above: Summer is the perfect time to explore California Rivers with side-hikes and overnight trips!)