We are feeling grateful and amazed! Recent storms have delivered many new feet of snow to the Sierra and more wet weather is in the forecast for the week ahead! In addition, California is still feeling the positive impacts of the tremendous precipitation the state received in the winter of 2016-17. Compacted snow and ice from last winter still holds liquid assets that will benefit the state this summer.
Thanks to these recent winter storms and high elevation snowpack, plus planned water releases from reservoirs located upstream from our rafting sections, the Main Tuolumne and Cherry Creek/Upper Tuolumne will both have healthy recreational rafting flows in 2018!
San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Water & Power has now confirmed plenty of water for rafting from April through mid-September on both Cherry Creek and the Main Tuolumne. We have been waiting for this news, and our guides and staff are currently gearing up for another Yosemite rafting season. Although flows on the Main Tuolumne probably won’t match last year’s record-breaking levels, 2018 summer rafting will provide its own set of whitewater challenges and fun for beginner to advanced paddlers. Rapids that were buried last year will return along with a little time to catch your breath and marvel at the scenery in between. Exciting Class V Cherry Creek will enjoy a longer than usual season thanks to these scheduled water releases.
And it couldn’t come at a better time. Mid-April thru September is the most popular season for rafting in California. The consistent fair weather is perfect for beach camping and paddling rapids. Visitors to Yosemite are at their peak, and many choose to avoid the crowds and experience a part of the region that few get to see. The Main Tuolumne, and Cherry Creek – Upper Tuolumne corridors are natural wonders offering what many consider to be the best whitewater experiences in the state.
The Merced River will also benefit from the recent storms and frozen water reserves. The season there is expected to run from early April to late June.
So start planning your trip for this summer. There are golden days of rafting that lie ahead in 2018!