Whitewater Rafting on the North Fork Stanislaus River

This is a unique High Sierra river that thunders through five miles of granite gorges and deep alpine forest glens. This river boasts some of the most technical Class IV whitewater rafting in California. The North Fork of the Stanislaus River (also known as the “Stan”) starts at 4,000 feet and hurtles five miles, at a 70 feet per mile gradient, down to the feet of some of the most massive trees you'll ever see — the Giant Sequoia groves of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

Granite gorges, meadows of wild azaleas and old Miwok Indian sites slip by one after another, amidst big waves, churning holes and plenty of technically demanding paddling. For hard working paddlers with a taste for thrills, chills and spills — rafting the North Fork Stanislaus River in Northern California is a slice of wild whitewater heaven.

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Location

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Latitude: 38.2554364 Longitude: -120.2687073 Elevation: 4498 ft

Typical Class of Water

Class IV

Best Seasons for Experiencing

Spring!

Access Points

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

ADA Accessibility Notes

There are two commercial whitewater rafting outfitters, and one is located just down the road from the river - O.A.R.S. (Outdoor Adventure River Specialists). Persons with various disabilities are welcome on O.A.R.S. trips, pending a discussion of any special requirements.

Pet Friendly Notes

You can certainly take your pets to the North Fork of the Stanislaus River, but you may want to leave them at home for a whitewater rafting trip here.

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