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California whitewater, Clavey River

Tuolumne county, Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     20.8 miles
  The nature scenery of California and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so don't forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations
    you might end up sleeping in your car. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. The put-in location
is a short drive from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. Whitewater paddling here in the Central Sierra Nevada is a great experience. The Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry section of Clavey River is 20.8 miles long and has been rated as a class V+ section by American Whitewater.  
You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Clavey River is a place with many visitors from Big Oak Flat, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Pilot Ridge Trail. You truly should have a thing about the Central Sierra Nevada. For the period of the warm months at Clavey River temperatures are mostly in the 80's with night lows in the 50's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 40's, and night lows in the 20's for Clavey River.

Clavey River, Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry 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, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 20.8 miles long (Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 8.5 miles long (Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Lumsden Campground to Wards Ferry Bridge)
Merced River - North Fork, Mariposa County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 17 miles long (Greeley Hill Road to Merced confluence)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 9 miles long (Cherry Creek to Meral's Pool)
Stanislaus River - Middle Fork, Tuolumne County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 14 miles long (Sand Bar Flat Dam to Camp 9 Powerhouse)
Whitewater Outfitter - Zephyr White Water Expeditions, Tuolumne County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Stanislaus River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Highway 108 Bridge to Lyons Reservoir)
Tuolumne River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Highway 120 to Rainbow Pool Picnic Area)
Stanislaus River - North Fork, Calaveras/ Tuolumne County, 23 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Board's Crossing to Calaveras Big Trees)
 Ski Areas Near Clavey River:
Dodge Ridge, California , 23 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 34 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Badger Pass, California , 38 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Kirkwood, California , 44 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 50 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 59 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Homewood, California , 65 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Granlibakken, California , 69 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 70 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 71 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
 Marinas Near Clavey River:
Moccasin Point Marina, Jamestown , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Clavey River:
Lazy Z Resort, Twain Harte , 10 miles away
Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center, Sonora , 12 miles away
Inns Of California Sonora, Sonora , 15 miles away
Rodeway Inn Sonora, Sonora , 15 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Jamestown , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clavey River:
Pine Mountain Lake, Groveland, 3 miles away
Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp, Groveland, 5 miles away
River Ranch Campground, Tuolumne, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Clavey River:
Pilot Ridge Trail, Mariposa , 12 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 1023 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Clavey River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 40 miles away
Columbia State Park, California , 17 miles away
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California , 22 miles away
Stanislaus National Forest, California , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Clavey River:
Pine Mountain Lake Country Club, Groveland , 3 miles away
Twain Harte Golf Course, Twain Harte , 9 miles away
Phoenix Lake Golf Course, Sonora , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Clavey River
Pine Mountain Lake, Tuolumne , 2 miles away
Lyons Reservoir, Tuolumne , 11 miles away
Beardsley Lake, Tuolumne , 19 miles away

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