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All About Kayaking the Merced River

Paddling California's Merced River in Yosemite and Whitewater Stretches


California's Merced River is a classic whitewater run in one of the most beautiful places in all of the country. While people might flock to Yosemite for the rock climbing, hiking, camping, and photos, kayakers come to this nook in Calfifornia for the world class paddling. Learn all about the different runs on the Merced River here.

Kayaking, Canoeing, and Rafting the Merced River in Yosemite

Yosemite Kayaking Stoneman Bridge
Photo by George E. Sayour

Yosemite National Park is an icon of the U.S. National Park system. And while Halfdome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls might draw visitors in, hardly a person in Yosemite can see a raft go through the Yosemite Valley without wanting to grab a paddle for themselves. Heres some guides to help you raft, canoe, or kayak inside of Yosemite National Park.

All About the Different Whitewater Sections of the Merced River

Kayaking the Merced River
Photo © by Angela Sayour

The Merced River's proximity to Route 140 makes gives it a near unlimited number of whitewater kayaking options. Rapids are easily scouted and portaged and put-ins and take-outs are plentiful along this stretch of river.

A Detailed Look at the Route 140 Sections of the Merced River

Chipped Tooth Merced River
Photo © by George E. Sayour

The most popular stretch of the Merced River among whitewater kayakers is the stretch that runs along Route 140. Here is a detailed look at the put-ins, take-outs, and some of the larger rapids. With names landmarks like the Route 140 Rockslide, Red Bud, Indian Flat, Ned's Gulch, Nightmare Island, and Chipped Tooth its a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the Merced River specific river jargon so you know what you're doing once you get to the river.

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