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California whitewater, Coarse Gold Creek

Madera county, Coarsegold to Spinelli Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     5 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Madera, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Coarsegold to Spinelli Road stretch of Coarse Gold Creek is 5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V section. The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that
    rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The scenic beauty of Madera County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from
near and far. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Coarsegold to Spinelli Road section is one of them. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. 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. The beauty of the Central Sierra Nevada is a great plus for this river. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Coarsegold here, and dropping by Millerton Lake State Park is a pleasant thing to do. So much enjoyable stuff to do here in the Central Sierra Nevada, too pleasant to be true. High temperatures at Coarse Gold Creek during the warm days of summer are in the 80's. Summer nighttime lows sink down to the 50's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 40's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at Coarse Gold Creek.

Coarse Gold Creek, Coarsegold to Spinelli Road 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 Coarse Gold Creek.
 Whitewater Near Coarse Gold Creek:
Coarse Gold Creek, Madera County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Coarsegold to Spinelli Road)
Fresno River, Madera County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 12 miles long (Road 415 to boat ramp Close to dam at Lake Hensley)
Fresno River, Madera County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Goldside Drive off road 600 to Road 600)
Fresno River, Madera County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 11 miles long (Road 600 to Road 415)
Chowchilla River, Madera County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Road 810 to Road 800)
San Joaquin River, Fresno-Madera County, 13 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.9 miles long (Kerchoff #1 PH to Kerchoff #2)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Chilkoot Campground to Bass Lake)
San Joaquin River, Fresno and Madera County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (5.2 Kerchoff #2 PH to Millerton Reservoir)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Greys Mt. Campground to Chilkoot Campground)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 15 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Kerckhoff Reservoir to Millerton Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Coarse Gold Creek:
Badger Pass, California , 24 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Sierra Summit, California , 38 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
June Mountain, California , 52 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 54 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 55 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 73 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 83 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 90 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 95 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
 Marinas Near Coarse Gold Creek:
Pines Marina, Bass Lake , 12 miles away
Millerton Lake Marina, Friant , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Coarse Gold Creek:
Americas Best Value Inn Yosemite South Gate, Oakhurst , 6 miles away
Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn, Oakhurst , 7 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Area, Oakhurst , 7 miles away
Sierra Sky Ranch, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Oakhurst , 10 miles away
Tenaya Lodge, Fish Camp , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Coarse Gold Creek:
Yosemite South-coarsegold Rnch, Coarsegold, 1 miles away
High Sierra RV Park, Oakhurst, 7 miles away
Sierra Meadows Country Club, Ahwahnee, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Coarse Gold Creek:
Chilnualna Fall Trail, Mariposa , 19 miles away,  7 hiking miles, 2879 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Coarse Gold Creek:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 19 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 70 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 13 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Coarse Gold Creek:
Ahwahnee Golf Course, Oakhurst , 7 miles away
River Creek Golf Course, Ahwahnee , 7 miles away
Brighton Crest Country Club, Friant , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Coarse Gold Creek
Millerton Lake, Fresno , 13 miles away
Bass Lake, Madera , 13 miles away
Manzanita Lake, Madera , 14 miles away

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