Class III-IV (IV) Merced River, CA

Redbud Picnic Site to Briceburg (Redbud Picnic Site to Stanislaus National Forest Boundary)

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.

This section of the Merced River provides important aquatic habitat, great whitewater rafting opportunities, and home to oldest gold bearing rocks.

Section Details

Trip Length Partial Day, 27.0 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Permit No
Manager U.S. Forest Service, Sierra National Forest
Wild & Scenic Yes
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater