California’s snowpack usually reaches its peak depth and water content each year around the first of April, after which the snow begins to melt as the sun’s path across the sky moves a little further north each day. So conditions were just about perfect when the Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted its snow survey on March 30th. The good news is that snow levels and water content are at their highest level for April in 5 years.
Great Rafting Ahead
Electronic readings found 25.2 inches of water content in the Central Sierra, an area that includes Yosemite National Park. This is about 88% of the historic average and should result in normal flows and an excellent rafting season on the Tuolumne River, Merced River, and Cherry Creek for 2016.
Early season rafting trips have already started and we are currently taking reservations for trips thru September 17th.
California will need several good winters to entirely recover from long-term drought conditions, but at least for the short term we are grateful to see reservoirs filling and rivers starting to ramp up to spring and summer water levels. The falls in the in the park are flowing strong, wildflowers are out in abundance, and the oak trees are alive with fresh growth. No doubt about it – this is the year to experience a Yosemite rafting trip.