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California whitewater, Clavey River

Tuolumne county, Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     8.5 miles
  The Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge section of Clavey River in Tuolumne County is 8.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class V+ section of whitewater. If you're coming from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other
    states, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The river winds through the Central Sierra Nevada and you get great scenery. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the
Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge stretch is one of them. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. 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. The scenic beauty of California and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length  
for a morning trip. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking is a popular thing to do around Clavey River; Pilot Ridge Trail is a great local trail. At Clavey River you always meet someone from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge. Clavey River sees pretty high levels of precipitation. Most of the rain falls during January while July is the month with the least amount of precipitation. During the warm days of summer at Clavey River highs are frequently in the 80's while night lows are generally in the 50's.

Clavey River, Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge 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 Clavey River.
 Whitewater Near Clavey River:
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 8.5 miles long (Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 20.8 miles long (Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Lumsden Campground to Wards Ferry Bridge)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 9 miles long (Cherry Creek to Meral's Pool)
Merced River - North Fork, Mariposa County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 17 miles long (Greeley Hill Road to Merced confluence)
Tuolumne River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Highway 120 to Rainbow Pool Picnic Area)
Stanislaus River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Highway 108 Bridge to Lyons Reservoir)
Stanislaus River - Middle Fork, Tuolumne County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 14 miles long (Sand Bar Flat Dam to Camp 9 Powerhouse)
Cherry Creek - West Fork, Tuolumne County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 9.5 miles long (Bourland Meadow to Cherry Lake)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 22 miles away
      Class IV - 17 miles long (Red Bud to Bagby Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Clavey River:
Dodge Ridge, California , 15 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 30 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Badger Pass, California , 31 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Kirkwood, California , 40 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 47 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 55 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Homewood, California , 63 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Granlibakken, California , 66 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 68 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
June Mountain, California , 68 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
 Marinas Near Clavey River:
Pinecrest Lake Marina, Pinecrest , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Clavey River:
Lazy Z Resort, Twain Harte , 14 miles away
Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center, Sonora , 19 miles away
Inns Of California Sonora, Sonora , 22 miles away
Rodeway Inn Sonora, Sonora , 22 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Jamestown , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clavey River:
Joe Walt Run, Groveland, 5 miles away
Lumsden Bridge Campground, Tuolumne County, 6 miles away
Lumsden Campground, Tuolumne County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Clavey River:
Pilot Ridge Trail, Mariposa , 8 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 1023 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Clavey River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 34 miles away
Stanislaus National Forest, California , 17 miles away
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California , 23 miles away
Columbia State Park, California , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Clavey River:
Pine Mountain Lake Country Club, Groveland , 12 miles away
Twain Harte Golf Course, Twain Harte , 13 miles away
Phoenix Lake Golf Course, Sonora , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Clavey River
Cherry Lake, Tuolumne , 11 miles away
Pine Mountain Lake, Tuolumne , 11 miles away
Lyons Reservoir, Tuolumne , 11 miles away

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