Class I Merced River, CA

Yosemite Valley (Clarks Bridge to El Capitan Bridge)

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.

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

Alternative put-ins and take-outs are available within this section.

Section Details

Trip Length Partial Day, 5.8 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Permit Yes
Manager National Park Service, Yosemite National Park
Wild & Scenic Yes
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater