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Lower Clavey Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Clavey River

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Lower Clavey Info
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Put In:  Lower Bridge
Take Out:  Wards Ferry
Difficulty:  Class V + , Portage
Gradient:  137 fpm
Run Length:  20.8 miles
Good Level:  600 - 1,200 cfs, Optimum 800 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 

There is no gauge for this river

Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, November, December
Primary Season: 

This section of river runs in the winter and spring, usually after a few days of heavy rain or during early snowmelt.

Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  This section consists mostly of continuous class IV+ rapids with many class V+ rapids mixed in.
Hazards:  This run should only be attempted by expert kayakers.
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  Yes
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 123 miles (2 hours 16 minutes) Southeast of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: Driving east on Highway 120 turn left onto Wards Ferry Road in the town of Groveland. Follow the signs to Sonora until you reach a bridge across the reservoir, this is the take out.

Put In: From the town of Tuolumne at the park in the center of town turn right, go 2 blocks and then turn left. In a few more blocks the road will veer to the right, shortly after that the road forks. Take the right fork and follow the well marked dirt road over the North Fork Tuolumne and to the lower bridge over the Clavey.

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