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California whitewater, Stanislaus River - Middle Fork

Tuolumne county, Sand Bar Flat Dam to Camp 9 Powerhouse section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V+     14 miles
  The beautiful scenery of California and the playfulness of the water beats anything. The put-in location is a short drive from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so better
    not forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. When you're paddling down a Central Sierra Nevada river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This section is long enough for an overnight
trip if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag. The campgrounds here at Stanislaus River - Middle Fork are pretty good. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Sand Bar Flat Dam to Camp 9 Powerhouse section is just one of many. This stretch of Stanislaus River - Middle Fork in Tuolumne County is 14 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V+ section of whitewater. There arenít any hotels right nearby  
but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
Columbia State Park is a nice place to stretch your legs a bit, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Twain Harte here. You clearly should like the Central Sierra Nevada. When you're here at Stanislaus River - Middle Fork it's always fun to check out Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Stanislaus River - Middle Fork regularly gets a lot of precipitation.

Stanislaus River - Middle Fork, Sand Bar Flat Dam to Camp 9 Powerhouse 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+ - 14 miles long (Sand Bar Flat Dam to Camp 9 Powerhouse)
Stanislaus River - North Fork, Calaveras/ Tuolumne County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Board's Crossing to Calaveras Big Trees)
Whitewater Outfitter - Zephyr White Water Expeditions, Tuolumne County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Stanislaus River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Highway 108 Bridge to Lyons Reservoir)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Amador/ Calaveras County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 14.8 miles long (Close to Bear River to Tiger Creek Afterbay)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 17 miles away
      Class V+ - 8.5 miles long (Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 19 miles away
      Class V+ - 20.8 miles long (Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry)
Mokelumne River - North Fork, Amador/ Calaveras County, 23 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Below Tiger Creek to Red Corral Road)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Lumsden Campground to Wards Ferry Bridge)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 9 miles long (Cherry Creek to Meral's Pool)
 Ski Areas Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork:
Dodge Ridge, California , 21 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 24 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 31 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 37 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 48 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Badger Pass, California , 50 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Homewood, California , 51 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 54 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Granlibakken, California , 55 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 56 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
 Marinas Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork:
Moccasin Point Marina, Jamestown , 19 miles away
Pinecrest Lake Marina, Pinecrest , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork:
Lazy Z Resort, Twain Harte , 7 miles away
Sonora Aladdin Motor Inn, Sonora , 11 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center, Sonora , 11 miles away
Quail Hollow One, Sonora , 12 miles away
Tamarack Lodge At Bear Valley, Bear Valley , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork:
Squaw Hollow Campground, Calaveras County, 6 miles away
Calaveras Big Trees State Park - Oak Hollow, Arnold, 6 miles away
North Grove Campground, Calaveras County, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 52 miles away
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California , 6 miles away
Columbia State Park, California , 12 miles away
Stanislaus National Forest, California , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork:
Twain Harte Golf Course, Twain Harte , 7 miles away
Meadowmont Golf Course, Arnold , 8 miles away
Phoenix Lake Golf Course, Sonora , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Stanislaus River - Middle Fork
Lyons Reservoir, Tuolumne , 8 miles away
Beardsley Lake, Tuolumne , 13 miles away
Pine Mountain Lake, Tuolumne , 17 miles away

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