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California whitewater, Stanislaus River - South Fork

Tuolumne county, Highway 108 Bridge to Lyons Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     4 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California are harder than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The nature scenery of California and the cool fresh water have people coming here. The Highway 108 Bridge to Lyons Reservoir section of Stanislaus River - South Fork in Tuolumne County is 4 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater.
    If you're coming from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. No matter if you're
whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. There's camping available near Stanislaus River - South Fork. The beauty of the Central Sierra Nevada is a great plus for this river. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Not too many hotels nearby,  
you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Stoddard Spring is a picturesque place to go to while you're at Stanislaus River - South Fork. The good people of Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge like to hang out nearby. Stanislaus National Forest is a good site, and what would winter be without some skiing at Dodge Ridge. At this river you will never have a bad time. Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a splendid location to check out. Summertime highs at Stanislaus River - South Fork typically tend to be in the 80's.

Stanislaus River - South Fork, Highway 108 Bridge to Lyons 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 Stanislaus River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Stanislaus River - South Fork:
Stanislaus River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Highway 108 Bridge to Lyons Reservoir)
Stanislaus River - Middle Fork, Tuolumne County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 14 miles long (Sand Bar Flat Dam to Camp 9 Powerhouse)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 8.5 miles long (Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge)
Stanislaus River - North Fork, Calaveras/ Tuolumne County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Board's Crossing to Calaveras Big Trees)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 20.8 miles long (Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry)
Cherry Creek - West Fork, Tuolumne County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 9.5 miles long (Bourland Meadow to Cherry Lake)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 17 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)
Whitewater Outfitter - Zephyr White Water Expeditions, Tuolumne County, 22 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Tuolumne River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Highway 120 to Rainbow Pool Picnic Area)
 Ski Areas Near Stanislaus River - South Fork:
Dodge Ridge, California , 11 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 19 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 29 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 36 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Badger Pass, California , 40 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Heavenly, California , 45 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Homewood, California , 51 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Granlibakken, California , 55 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 56 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 58 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
 Marinas Near Stanislaus River - South Fork:
Pinecrest Lake Marina, Pinecrest , 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Stanislaus River - South Fork:
Lazy Z Resort, Twain Harte , 12 miles away
Tamarack Lodge At Bear Valley, Bear Valley , 14 miles away
Sonora Aladdin Motor Inn, Sonora , 18 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center, Sonora , 18 miles away
Quail Hollow One, Sonora , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Stanislaus River - South Fork:
Fraser Flat, Long Barn, 3 miles away
Sand Bar Flat Campground, Tuolumne County, 4 miles away
Beardsley Dam, Long Barn, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Stanislaus River - South Fork:
Emigrant Trail, Alpine , 19 miles away, 1.2 hiking miles, 463 feet elevation difference
Pilot Ridge Trail, Mariposa , 19 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 1023 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Stanislaus River - South Fork:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 43 miles away
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California , 13 miles away
Stanislaus National Forest, California , 14 miles away
Columbia State Park, California , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Stanislaus River - South Fork:
Twain Harte Golf Course, Twain Harte , 10 miles away
Phoenix Lake Golf Course, Sonora , 15 miles away
Pine Mountain Lake Country Club, Groveland , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Stanislaus River - South Fork
Beardsley Lake, Tuolumne , 4 miles away
Lyons Reservoir, Tuolumne , 5 miles away
Pinecrest Lake, Tuolumne , 9 miles away

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