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California whitewater, Tuolumne River

Tuolumne county, Cherry Creek to Meral's Pool section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     9 miles
  If you're coming from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The Cherry Creek to Meral's Pool section of Tuolumne River in California is 9 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V+ section. The scenic beauty of Tuolumne County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to
    paddle. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. The nearby hotels
are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often tougher than in other states, so better not forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. And  
of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The river winds through the Central Sierra Nevada and you get great scenery.

Briefly about the general area:
You need to explore Hunter Bend if you're here at Tuolumne River, and you'll meet a lot of people from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge here. You'll really wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the exciting stuff in the Central Sierra Nevada. While you're here at Tuolumne River you can take a hike along the Pilot Ridge Trail. For the duration of the months of summer here at Tuolumne River, high temperatures regularly reach the 80's.

Tuolumne River, Cherry Creek to Meral's Pool 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 Tuolumne River.
 Whitewater Near Tuolumne River:
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Lumsden Campground to Wards Ferry Bridge)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 20.8 miles long (Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 9 miles long (Cherry Creek to Meral's Pool)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 8.5 miles long (Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge)
Merced River - North Fork, Mariposa County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 17 miles long (Greeley Hill Road to Merced confluence)
Tuolumne River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Highway 120 to Rainbow Pool Picnic Area)
Stanislaus River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Highway 108 Bridge to Lyons Reservoir)
Cherry Creek - West Fork, Tuolumne County, 17 miles away
      Class V+ - 9.5 miles long (Bourland Meadow to Cherry Lake)
Stanislaus River - Middle Fork, Tuolumne County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 14 miles long (Sand Bar Flat Dam to Camp 9 Powerhouse)
Merced River, Mariposa County, 19 miles away
      Class IV - 17 miles long (Red Bud to Bagby Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Tuolumne River:
Dodge Ridge, California , 18 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Badger Pass, California , 29 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Bear Valley, California , 34 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 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 , 58 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
June Mountain, California , 66 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Homewood, California , 66 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Granlibakken, California , 70 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Sierra Summit, California , 71 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
 Marinas Near Tuolumne River:
Pinecrest Lake Marina, Pinecrest , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Tuolumne River:
Lazy Z Resort, Twain Harte , 17 miles away
Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center, Sonora , 21 miles away
Yosemite Bed And Breakfast, Mariposa , 22 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Mariposa Lodge, Mariposa , 22 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Valley Gateway, Mariposa , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tuolumne River:
Lumsden Bridge Campground, Tuolumne County, 2 miles away
South Fork, Big Oak Flat, 2 miles away
Lumsden Campground, Tuolumne County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Tuolumne River:
Pilot Ridge Trail, Mariposa , 4 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 1023 feet elevation difference
Hite Cove Trail, Mariposa , 20 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 1185 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Tuolumne River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 31 miles away
Stanislaus National Forest, California , 20 miles away
Columbia State Park, California , 26 miles away
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tuolumne River:
Pine Mountain Lake Country Club, Groveland , 12 miles away
Twain Harte Golf Course, Twain Harte , 16 miles away
Phoenix Lake Golf Course, Sonora , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Tuolumne River
Cherry Lake, Tuolumne , 11 miles away
Pine Mountain Lake, Tuolumne , 11 miles away
Lyons Reservoir, Tuolumne , 15 miles away

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