Merced River Rafting Near Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite NP

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Yosemite NP

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Spring fever comes early on the Merced River, located near historic Yosemite National Park, as it flows through poppy-covered hillsides and burly pine forests.

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In April and May, the Class III-IV whitewater on the Merced is the stuff of avid paddlers winter daydreams. For the rest of the California whitewater rafting season, the Merced churns with bold wave trains and exhilarating rapids which are ideal for rafters of all levels. Consider combining a Merced River rafting one-day trip with a day or two spent exploring adjacent Yosemite National Park for the perfect California adventure vacation."

  • Merced River rafting on a Wild & Scenic River through pine forests and California poppy fields
  • Exciting Class III-IV whitewater rafting and rollercoaster wave trains
  • Delicious picnic lunch on a sandy riverside beach
  • Cranberry, Neds Gulch, Split Rock & Corner Pocket Rapids provide white-knuckling whitewater action
  • Combine this California rafting adventure with a visit to Yosemite National Park

Our Merced River rafting trip starts out with a bang, with at least one mile of constant Class III-IV whitewater, rollercoaster wave trains and heart pounding action. In addition to the frothy whitewater, the calm stretches of the Merced offer a chance to enjoy this picturesque river canyon adorned with pine forests and colorful wildflowers. Lunch is a delicious deli-style picnic on a sandy beach. Back on the river, Neds Gulch and Gauge Hole provide more Class III-IV whitewater thrills. The Merced River rafting trip concludes with a shuttle ride back to our vehicles

April - July


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