Class III-IV Merced River, CA

Merced Wild and Scenic River (Stanislaus National Forest Boundary to Normal maximum operating pool of Lake McClure)

From its source on the south side of Mount Lyell at 13,114 feet, through a glacially carved canyon within Yosemite National Park, the river flows downstream to Lake McClure Reservoir. Seventy-one of the total length of 79 miles are protected with wild and scenic river designation.

The Merced flows through exceptional scenery—glaciated peaks, lakes and alpine and subalpine meadows—in alternating pools and cascades. Wildflower displays are spectacular.

The BLM manages 12 miles of this Wild and Scenic River. Ample access points allow rafters to experience class III and IV rapids at their own pace.

Section Details

Trip Length 12.0 Miles
Notes Mandatory Portage at North Fork Falls
Fishing Yes
Camping No
Permit Yes
Manager Bureau of Land Management, Mother Lode Field Office
Wild & Scenic Yes
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater