Yosemite whitewater rafting season is in full swing and conditions on the Merced and Tuolumne river have been absolutely ideal. May weather was everything we hoped for. A few late spring storms added to existing snowpack, and the generally milder temps we experienced for most of the month created a gradual snowmelt that will lengthen the rafting season on the Merced into mid to late July and provide plenty of stored water for releases on both the Tuolumne and Cherry Creek through mid-September. The June forecast for Groveland is for fairly moderate summer temperatures and miles of sunny days with nights in the mid 50s and low 60s. Perfect for afternoon swims and sleeping outdoors.
Flow measurements have been gaining steam after as temperatures have been warming up. Our guides and guests are elated (see photos above). The rapids right now are a perfect cocktail of sparkling whitewater, pure joy, and a stiff shot of adrenaline. As of June 5 the Merced was holding around 2800 cfs, creating some long sweet wave trains and especially wet passages. The Main Tuolumne is a little higher at 3000 cfs, what many consider to be the perfect level for this stretch of river. Cherry Creek trips are expected to start in mid to late June. These flows can change daily and are dependent on weather conditions. Current daily flow measurements can be found at the Dreamflows Realtime Report page for California and Nevada. We are currently taking reservations for trips through September 17.
Yosemite is transitioning quickly from spring to summer. Snow is still visible from the Tioga Road, the Valley is looking green and beautiful, and waterfalls are peaking. Real summer season won’t kick in until July 4th, and these last weeks of June are truly an ideal time to experience a Yosemite rafting trip. Call to start planning your trip: 209-591-8027.