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California whitewater, San Joaquin River

Madera Fresno county, Mammoth Pool Dam to Mammoth Pool Powerhouse section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     7 miles
  The Mammoth Pool Dam to Mammoth Pool Powerhouse stretch of San Joaquin River is 7 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The nature scenery of Madera/Fresno County and the water flowing gracefully
    down San Joaquin River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The put-in is not too far from Madera, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one
day trip. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Mammoth Pool Dam to Mammoth Pool Powerhouse stretch is just one of many. There's camping available near San Joaquin River. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. A good workout  
and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. Whitewater paddling here in the Central Sierra Nevada is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at San Joaquin River you'll most likely meet some people from Big Creek; a trip to Sierra National Forest is a tremendous idea. But wait, there's more cool stuff to do in the Central Sierra Nevada. Head up to Sierra Summit and strap some skis to your feet, and the Red Mountain Trail offers hiking at its best. This is such a great river. All through the warm days of summer, highs regularly are in the 80's at San Joaquin River while overnight lows are frequently in the 40's.

San Joaquin River, Mammoth Pool Dam to Mammoth Pool Powerhouse 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 San Joaquin River.
 Whitewater Near San Joaquin River:
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Mammoth Pool Dam to Mammoth Pool Powerhouse)
San Joaquin River, Madera/ Fresno County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Dam 6 reservoir to Reddinger Reservoir)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Redinger Dam to Kerckhoff Reservoir)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 14 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Kerckhoff Reservoir to Millerton Reservoir)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Dinkey Creek Campgrounds to logging spur road)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 3.5 miles long (Dinkey Dome to Dinkey Campgrounds)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Chilkoot Campground to Bass Lake)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Greys Mt. Campground to Chilkoot Campground)
Little Dry Creek, Fresno County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Sycamore Road to Sycamore Creek)
Merced River - South Fork, Mariposa County, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 16 miles long (Upper)
 Ski Areas Near San Joaquin River:
Sierra Summit, California , 12 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 30 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Badger Pass, California , 32 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
June Mountain, California , 32 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 67 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 84 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 93 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 99 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
 Marinas Near San Joaquin River:
Shaver Lake Marina, Shaver Lake , 9 miles away
Huntington Lake Resort Marina, Lakeshore , 11 miles away
Pines Marina, Bass Lake , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near San Joaquin River:
Americas Best Value Inn, Port Hueneme , 7 miles away
Elliott House Bed And Breakfa, Shaver Lake , 9 miles away
Sierra Sky Ranch, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Oakhurst , 22 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Area, Oakhurst , 22 miles away
Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn, Oakhurst , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Joaquin River:
Fish Creek - Mammoth Pool, Big Creek, 2 miles away
Rock Creek, Big Creek, 3 miles away
Windy Point Boat Launch Campground, Madera County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near San Joaquin River:
Red Mountain Trail, Fresno , 13 miles away,  16.8 hiking miles, 2167 feet elevation difference
Deep Creek Trail, Fresno , 17 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 1608 feet elevation difference
Bobs Flat Trail, Fresno , 19 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 1872 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near San Joaquin River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 29 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 44 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 9 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 30 miles away
 Lakes Near San Joaquin River
Mammoth Pool Reservoir, Fresno , 3 miles away
Shaver Lake, Fresno , 7 miles away
Huntington Lake, Fresno , 8 miles away

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