Kayaking, Canoeing, and Rafting the Merced River in Yosemite
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
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
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.