Tuolumne River

Located 30 minutes east of Yosemite National Park off of California Highway 120, the waters of the Main Tuolumne and Cherry Creek flow through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

The "T" is another Classic; great rapids, great scenery, and great camping. The river flows the entire spring and summer due to water releases, but watch out for Black Sundays late in the season when they can pull the plug and reduce the flow to a trickle. The Tuolumne has been spared the fate of the South Fork of the American River (i.e., a zillion rafters) by the implementation of a permit system.

Photos courtesy of All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting
The first 5 miles down to Clavey Falls is continuous Class III and IV action separated by medium length pools. Most of the rapids are easily boat scouted. It is wise to scout Clavey Falls from the right. You'll know you're there when the Clavey River enters from the right and the river disappears downstream.

There are many ways to run the "big drop"; be sure to note the big hole at the bottom. Many a boater has seen the error of his ways and wished to repent, while in that hole. Below Clavey Falls, the river mellows out, and there are long sections of Class I and II between the few good rapids left. The thrill seekers will enjoy riding Steamboat Hole.

River Information
  • No private permit needed
  • N/A
O.A.R.S. - California
Angels Camp, CA * Lotus, CA
California (Angels Camp): California whitewater rafting since 1969 - Based in the Sierra Foothills, O.A.R.S. offers a variety of 1-day and multi-day white water rafting options. This includes Tuolumne River rafting and Merced River rafting near Yosemite National Park, rafting on the North Fork of the Stanislaus River near Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Klamath River Rafting in Northern California not far from Mount Shasta.

California (Coloma): American River whitewater rafting since 1969--Based out of Lotus on the South Fork of the American River, O.A.R.S. offers American River white water rafting near Sacramento & Lake Tahoe. Trip options include 1-day and multi-day rafting adventures from easy to extreme on the South Fork American, Middle Fork American and the North Fork of the American River in northern California.
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