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California whitewater, Tuolumne River

Tuolumne county, Lumsden Campground to Wards Ferry Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     18 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Phoenix Lake-Cedar Ridge, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The nature scenery of Tuolumne County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. 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 visiting here do keep in mind that many
    of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The Central Sierra Nevada scenery is wonderful. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. If you hurry you can run this section in
a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. 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. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Lumsden Campground to Wards Ferry Bridge stretch is just one of them. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this  
area has a large number of paddling rivers. The Lumsden Campground to Wards Ferry Bridge section of Tuolumne River in Tuolumne County is 18 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. The campgrounds here at Tuolumne River are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
A delightful site near Tuolumne River is Long Gulch, and this is a popular site for folks from Big Oak Flat. If you love the outdoors you'll love it here in the Central Sierra Nevada. On a great day at Tuolumne River you can take a hike along the Pilot Ridge Trail. Tuolumne River gets a common amount of annual precipitation.

Tuolumne River, Lumsden Campground to Wards Ferry 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 Tuolumne River.
 Whitewater Near Tuolumne River:
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 20.8 miles long (Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 18 miles long (Lumsden Campground to Wards Ferry Bridge)
Clavey River, Tuolumne County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 8.5 miles long (Upper Bridge to Lower Bridge)
Merced River - North Fork, Mariposa County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 17 miles long (Greeley Hill Road to Merced confluence)
Tuolumne River, Tuolumne County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 9 miles long (Cherry Creek to Meral's Pool)
Tuolumne River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Highway 120 to Rainbow Pool Picnic Area)
Stanislaus River - Middle Fork, Tuolumne County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 14 miles long (Sand Bar Flat Dam to Camp 9 Powerhouse)
Stanislaus River - South Fork, Tuolumne County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Highway 108 Bridge to Lyons Reservoir)
Whitewater Outfitter - Zephyr White Water Expeditions, Tuolumne County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cherry Creek - West Fork, Tuolumne County, 23 miles away
      Class V+ - 9.5 miles long (Bourland Meadow to Cherry Lake)
 Ski Areas Near Tuolumne River:
Dodge Ridge, California , 23 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 35 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Badger Pass, California , 36 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Kirkwood, California , 45 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 51 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 60 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
Homewood, California , 67 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 8 lifts, 56 runs
Granlibakken, California , 70 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 1 runs
Alpine Meadows, California , 71 miles away, 1802 foot drop, 14 lifts, 100 runs
Squaw Valley, California , 73 miles away, 2850 foot drop, 33 lifts, 177 runs
 Marinas Near Tuolumne River:
Moccasin Point Marina, Jamestown , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Tuolumne River:
Lazy Z Resort, Twain Harte , 12 miles away
Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center, Sonora , 14 miles away
Inns Of California Sonora, Sonora , 17 miles away
Rodeway Inn Sonora, Sonora , 17 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Jamestown , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tuolumne River:
Pine Mountain Lake, Groveland, 4 miles away
Pines Group - Stanislaus National Forest, Sonora, 5 miles away
The Pines Campground, Tuolumne County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Tuolumne River:
Pilot Ridge Trail, Mariposa , 10 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 1023 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Tuolumne River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 38 miles away
Columbia State Park, California , 19 miles away
Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California , 24 miles away
Stanislaus National Forest, California , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tuolumne River:
Pine Mountain Lake Country Club, Groveland , 4 miles away
Twain Harte Golf Course, Twain Harte , 11 miles away
Phoenix Lake Golf Course, Sonora , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Tuolumne River
Pine Mountain Lake, Tuolumne , 3 miles away
Lyons Reservoir, Tuolumne , 13 miles away
Cherry Lake, Tuolumne , 18 miles away

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