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California whitewater, Stanislaus River

Tuolumne Stanislaus county, Goodwin Dam to Knights Ferry section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV(V)     4 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The Goodwin Dam to Knights Ferry stretch of Stanislaus River in Tuolumne/ Stanislaus County is 4 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV(V) section by American Whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Modesto, if you're not familiar with the
    area there's a road map further down the page. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. There arenít
any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The wonderful California scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. No matter if you're whitewater rafting  
or kayaking this is an area with not too many other rivers for that. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
During your spree to Stanislaus River you'll meet some people from Copperopolis for sure. Turlock Lake State Park is both perfect and beautiful, and it's near Stanislaus River, and beaches are great and Cocklebur Beach is no exception. This is such a wonderful river. Stanislaus River gets very little rain. January is the month that gets the most rain; July meanwhile is the driest month. All through the days of summer here at Stanislaus River, high temperatures usually reach the 90's; the overnight is a bit colder of course, usually in the 60's.

Stanislaus River, Goodwin Dam to Knights Ferry 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 Stanislaus River.
 Whitewater Near Stanislaus River:
Stanislaus River, Tuolumne/ Stanislaus County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (Goodwin Dam to Knights Ferry)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sunshine Adventures, Stanislaus County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Zephyr White Water Expeditions, Tuolumne County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Mokelumne River, Amador/ Calaveras County, 27 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Ponderosa Way to Highway 49 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Stanislaus River:
Dodge Ridge, California , 52 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 55 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 61 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 66 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Badger Pass, California , 69 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Homewood, California , 76 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Heavenly, California , 77 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 78 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 79 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
Granlibakken, California , 80 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
 Marinas Near Stanislaus River:
Lake Tulloch RV Campground and Marina, Jamestown , 5 miles away
Drifters Marina, Copperopolis , 5 miles away
 Beaches Near Stanislaus River:
Cocklebur Beach, Stanislaus , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Stanislaus River:
BEST WESTERN PLUS Rama Inn, Oakdale , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn Express OAKDALE, Oakdale , 14 miles away
Travelodge Angels Camp CA, Angels Camp , 15 miles away
Cooper House Bed & Breakfast I, Angels Camp , 15 miles away
BEST WESTERN Cedar Inn & Suites, Angels Camp , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Stanislaus River:
McHenry Avenue Rec Area, Copperopolis, 2 miles away
Knights Ferry Resort, Oakdale, 2 miles away
Lake Tulloch RV Campground and Marina, Jamestown, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Stanislaus River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 70 miles away
Turlock Lake State Park, California , 12 miles away
Columbia State Park, California , 20 miles away
McConnell State Recreational Area, California , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Stanislaus River:
Saddle Creek Golf Club, Copperopolis , 4 miles away
Greenhorn Creek Resort, Angels Camp , 14 miles away
Greenhorn Creek, Angels Camp , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Stanislaus River
Tulloch Reservoir, Calaveras , 4 miles away
Modesto Reservoir, Stanislaus , 10 miles away
New Melones Lake, Tuolumne , 10 miles away

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