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California whitewater, San Joaquin River - Middle Fork

Madera county, Devils Postpile Nat'l Monument to Mammoth Pool Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     32.5 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Madera, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The natural beauty of Madera County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling spots. There's camping available near San Joaquin River - Middle Fork. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots
    in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep
you coming back for more. Now this is a pretty long section, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. The river winds through the Central Sierra Nevada and you get great scenery. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This section of San Joaquin River - Middle Fork in California is 32.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater  
a class V+ section of whitewater. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
If you like skiing, you're in luck; Sierra Summit is right next door to San Joaquin River - Middle Fork; Sierra National Forest is a great place to stretch your legs a bit. All the outdoors cool things in the Central Sierra Nevada will keep you coming back over and over. Take a hike on the John Muir Trail - section 2. For the period of the months of summer highs here at San Joaquin River - Middle Fork reach the 90's.

San Joaquin River - Middle Fork, Devils Postpile Nat'l Monument to Mammoth Pool Reservoir 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 San Joaquin River - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near San Joaquin River - Middle Fork:
San Joaquin River - Middle Fork, Madera County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 32.5 miles long (Devils Postpile Nat'l Monument to Mammoth Pool Reservoir)
San Joaquin River, Madera/ Fresno County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Dam 6 reservoir to Reddinger Reservoir)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Mammoth Pool Dam to Mammoth Pool Powerhouse)
Mono Creek, Fresno County, 16 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Vermillion Dam to Mono Diversion)
Merced River - South Fork, Mariposa County, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 16 miles long (Upper)
San Joaquin River - South Fork, Fresno/ Madera County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Florence Lake to Mono Hot Springs)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 22 miles away
      Class V - 3.5 miles long (Dinkey Dome to Dinkey Campgrounds)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Dinkey Creek Campgrounds to logging spur road)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 32 miles long (Tioga Road Bridge to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 25 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Greys Mt. Campground to Chilkoot Campground)
 Ski Areas Near San Joaquin River - Middle Fork:
Sierra Summit, California , 15 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 15 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 16 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Badger Pass, California , 34 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 65 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 80 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 89 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 94 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 94 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
 Marinas Near San Joaquin River - Middle Fork:
Huntington Lake Resort Marina, Lakeshore , 14 miles away
Grant Lake Marina-campground, June Lake , 16 miles away
Lake Mary Marina and Store, Mammoth Lakes , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near San Joaquin River - Middle Fork:
Mammoth Mountain Inn, Mammoth Lakes , 13 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Port Hueneme , 14 miles away
Tamarack Lodge & Resort, Mammoth Lakes , 14 miles away
Double Eagle Resort And Spa, June Lake , 15 miles away
The Village Lodge, Mammoth Lakes , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Joaquin River - Middle Fork:
Granite Creek Campground, Madera County, 6 miles away
McCreary Meadow Campground, Madera County, 6 miles away
Clover Meadow Campground, Madera County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near San Joaquin River - Middle Fork:
John Muir Trail - section 2, overlapping , 13 miles away, 33.1 hiking miles, 3881 feet elevation difference
Mammoth Rock Trail, Mono , 16 miles away, 2.8 hiking miles, 1224 feet elevation difference
Red Mountain Trail, Fresno , 17 miles away,  16.8 hiking miles, 2167 feet elevation difference
Sherwin Lakes Trail, Mono , 19 miles away,  3.4 hiking miles, 954 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near San Joaquin River - Middle Fork:
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 31 miles away
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 33 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 7 miles away
 Golf Courses Near San Joaquin River - Middle Fork:
Sierra Star Golf Course, Mammoth Lakes , 16 miles away
Snowcreek Golf Course, Mammoth Lakes , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near San Joaquin River - Middle Fork
Cora Lakes, Madera , 7 miles away
Shellenbarger Lake, Madera , 8 miles away
Jackass Lakes, Madera , 11 miles away

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