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California whitewater, Merced River - South Fork

Mariposa county, Snyder Gulch to Route 140 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     7.4 miles
  The natural beauty of California and the water flowing gracefully down Merced River - South Fork are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The put-in is not too far from Madera, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy.
    You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you
can camp. This section of Merced River - South Fork is 7.4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-IV section of whitewater. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. The Central Sierra Nevada scenery is wonderful. This is not the  
only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Nutmeg Gulch is in the neighborhood of Merced River - South Fork and is unquestionably a great spot to explore, and skiing at Badger Pass is one of those things you just ought to do. But wait, there's more entertaining things to do in the Central Sierra Nevada. Have a tremendous hiking adventure along the Pohono Trail; there are plenty of folks from El Portal here. This river is a wonderful place to visit. Take a hike on the Hite Cove Trail, and a tour to Yosemite National Park is recommended.

Merced River - South Fork, Snyder Gulch to Route 140 Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Merced River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Merced River - South Fork:
Merced River - South Fork, Mariposa County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.4 miles long (Snyder Gulch to Route 140 Bridge)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 17 miles long (Red Bud to Bagby Reservoir)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 5 miles away
      Class II-V - 29 miles long (El Portal to Route 49 at Lake McClure)
Tuolumne River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Highway 120 to Rainbow Pool Picnic Area)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 4.8 miles long (Routes 120-140 Junction to Arch Rock Entrance Station)
Merced River - North Fork, Mariposa County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 17 miles long (Greeley Hill Road to Merced confluence)
Big Creek, Mariposa County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1 miles long (Chowchilla Mountain Road to South Fork Merced River)
Chowchilla River, Madera County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Road 810 to Road 800)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 9 miles long (Cherry Creek to Meral's Pool)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Lumsden Campground to Wards Ferry Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Merced River - South Fork:
Badger Pass, California , 13 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 31 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 49 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Sierra Summit, California , 53 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
June Mountain, California , 53 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 59 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Kirkwood, California , 59 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 66 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 72 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Homewood, California , 82 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Hotels Near Merced River - South Fork:
Z-TO BE DELETED - Little Valle, Mariposa , 10 miles away
Yosemite Bed And Breakfast, Mariposa , 11 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Valley Gateway, Mariposa , 11 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Mariposa Lodge, Mariposa , 11 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Way Station Motel, Mariposa , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Merced River - South Fork:
Indian Flat RV Park, El Portal, 2 miles away
Dirt Flat, El Portal, 2 miles away
Dry Gulch, El Portal, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Merced River - South Fork:
Hite Cove Trail, Mariposa , 1 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 1185 feet elevation difference
Pohono Trail, Mariposa , 14 miles away, 11.4 hiking miles, 3527 feet elevation difference
El Capitan Trail, Mariposa , 15 miles away, 14.7 hiking miles, 4758 feet elevation difference
Pilot Ridge Trail, Mariposa , 15 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 1023 feet elevation difference
Chilnualna Fall Trail, Mariposa , 16 miles away,  7 hiking miles, 2879 feet elevation difference
Hetch Hetchy Trail, Mariposa , 19 miles away, 7.7 hiking miles, 3804 feet elevation difference
Yosemite Falls Trail, Mariposa , 19 miles away,  9.4 hiking miles, 3958 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Merced River - South Fork:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 14 miles away
Stanislaus National Forest, California , 31 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Merced River - South Fork:
River Creek Golf Course, Ahwahnee , 18 miles away
Ahwahnee Golf Course, Oakhurst , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Merced River - South Fork
Cherry Lake, Tuolumne , 19 miles away

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