Class V South Fork Merced River, CA

South Fork Merced River (Gravelly Ford to Wawona Campground)

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, including the South Fork, flows through exceptional scenery—glaciated peaks, lakes and alpine and subalpine meadows—in alternating pools and cascades. Wildflower displays are spectacular. The South Fork possesses one of the few remaining pristine Sierra Nevada fisheries with self-sustaining populations of rainbow, eastern brook and brown trout. Archeology and wildlife are also noteworthy.

Section Details

Trip Length One Night, 14.0 Miles
Notes A Wilderness permit is required for overnight camping.
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Permit Yes
Manager National Park Service, Yosemite National Park
Wild & Scenic Yes
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater