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California whitewater, Stanislaus River - Middle Fork

Tuolumne county, Baker Campground to Donnells Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     13 miles
  The natural beauty of California and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. If you're coming from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down.
    Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. Whitewater paddling here in the Central Sierra Nevada is a great experience. Not
too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. The Baker Campground to Donnells Lake stretch of Stanislaus River - Middle Fork is 13 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V section. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.  
This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Baker Campground to Donnells Lake section is just one of them. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're going to Stanislaus River - Middle Fork from Pinecrest, you won't be the only one. On a wonderful day at Stanislaus River - Middle Fork you can take a hike along the Pacific Crest Trail - section 13, and hey, Gotta ski right? Dodge Ridge is a perfect site to do that. Coming to this river is always a good idea.

Stanislaus River - Middle Fork, Baker Campground to Donnells Lake 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 - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork:
Stanislaus River - Middle Fork, Tuolumne County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 13 miles long (Baker Campground to Donnells Lake)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Alpine/ Amador/ Calaveras County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 24.9 miles long (Route 4 Bridge to Salt Springs Reservoir)
Cherry Creek - West Fork, Tuolumne County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 9.5 miles long (Bourland Meadow to Cherry Lake)
Stanislaus River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Highway 108 Bridge to Lyons Reservoir)
Carson River - East Fork, Alpine County, 19 miles away
      Class III - 7.3 miles long (Cave Rock to Hangman's Bridge)
Carson River - East Fork, Alpine County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Hangman's Bridge to CA-NV border)
Carson River - East Fork, Alpine County, 21 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Hangman's Bridge to Gardnerville)
West Walker River, Mono County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.3 miles long (Leavitt Station Trailhead to Pickel Meadow)
Stanislaus River - Middle Fork, Tuolumne County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 14 miles long (Sand Bar Flat Dam to Camp 9 Powerhouse)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 23 miles away
      Class V+ - 8.5 miles long (Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork:
Dodge Ridge, California , 10 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 16 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 24 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 30 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 33 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Badger Pass, California , 38 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Homewood, California , 46 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Granlibakken, California , 49 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Diamond Peak, Nevada , 50 miles away, 1840 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 53 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
 Marinas Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork:
Pinecrest Lake Marina, Pinecrest , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork:
Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Kirkwood , 24 miles away
Tamarack Lodge At Bear Valley, Bear Valley , 25 miles away
Super 8 Gardnerville Topaz Lake, Gardnerville , 29 miles away
BEST WESTERN Topaz Lake Inn, Gardnerville , 29 miles away
Lazy Z Resort, Twain Harte , 32 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork:
Brightman Flat Campground, Tuolumne County, 1 miles away
Boulder Flat, Dardanelle, 2 miles away
Dardanelle, Dardanelle, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork:
Emigrant Trail, Alpine , 14 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 463 feet elevation difference
Pacific Crest Trail - section 13, overlapping , 14 miles away, 66 hiking miles, 3818 feet elevation difference
Silver King Trail, Alpine , 19 miles away,  23.6 hiking miles, 1976 feet elevation difference
Charity Valley Trail, Alpine , 20 miles away, 4.5 hiking miles, 2275 feet elevation difference
Corral Valley Trail, Alpine , 20 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 756 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 43 miles away
Stanislaus National Forest, California , 8 miles away
Echo Canyon State Park, Nevada , 19 miles away
Grover Hot Springs State Park, California , 21 miles away
 Lakes Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork
Herring Creek Reservoir, Tuolumne , 6 miles away
Burgson Lake, Tuolumne , 7 miles away
Sword Lake, Alpine , 7 miles away

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