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California whitewater, Chowchilla River

Madera county, Road 810 to Road 800 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     7 miles
  The beautiful scenery of California and the water flowing gracefully down Chowchilla River have people coming here. The starting point is not too far from Madera, as you can see on the road map further down. The Road 810 to Road 800 section of Chowchilla River in California is 7 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system,
    there are a few others too. There's camping available near Chowchilla River. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The wild scenery of the Central Sierra Nevada
is great. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. Some people prefer whitewater rafting  
and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places.

Briefly about the general area:
While staying at Chowchilla River you could always look at Leland Gulch; do put some time aside to spend at Specimen Springs while you're here at Chowchilla River. These mountains rock, just explore all the amusing stuff to do in the Central Sierra Nevada. Lots of people from Madera come to Chowchilla River. The warmest time of the year at Chowchilla River comes with high temperatures in the 80's. For the duration of the moonlight hours it's regularly in the 50's.

Chowchilla River, Road 810 to Road 800 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Chowchilla River.
 Whitewater Near Chowchilla River:
Chowchilla River, Madera County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Road 810 to Road 800)
Fresno River, Madera County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 12 miles long (Road 415 to boat ramp Close to dam at Lake Hensley)
Fresno River, Madera County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 11 miles long (Road 600 to Road 415)
Fresno River, Madera County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Goldside Drive off road 600 to Road 600)
Coarse Gold Creek, Madera County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Coarsegold to Spinelli Road)
Merced River - South Fork, Mariposa County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.4 miles long (Snyder Gulch to Route 140 Bridge)
Big Creek, Mariposa County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1 miles long (Chowchilla Mountain Road to South Fork Merced River)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 20 miles away
      Class IV - 17 miles long (Red Bud to Bagby Reservoir)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 20 miles away
      Class II-V - 29 miles long (El Portal to Route 49 at Lake McClure)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 21 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Chilkoot Campground to Bass Lake)
 Ski Areas Near Chowchilla River:
Badger Pass, California , 23 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Sierra Summit, California , 48 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 49 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
June Mountain, California , 58 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 61 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Bear Valley, California , 66 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 77 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 83 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 89 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Homewood, California , 100 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
 Marinas Near Chowchilla River:
Pines Marina, Bass Lake , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Chowchilla River:
Z-TO BE DELETED - Little Valle, Mariposa , 8 miles away
Best Western Plus Yosemite Way Station Motel, Mariposa , 13 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Valley Gateway, Mariposa , 13 miles away
Yosemite Bed And Breakfast, Mariposa , 13 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Mariposa Lodge, Mariposa , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chowchilla River:
Codorniz Recreation Area - North Group B, Raymond, 10 miles away
Codorniz Recreation Area - Wildcat Group, Raymond, 10 miles away
Codorniz Recreation Area - North Group A, Raymond, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Chowchilla River:
Hite Cove Trail, Mariposa , 17 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 1185 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Chowchilla River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 19 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chowchilla River:
River Creek Golf Course, Ahwahnee , 8 miles away
Ahwahnee Golf Course, Oakhurst , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Chowchilla River
Millerton Lake, Fresno , 20 miles away

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