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Merced Gorge Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Merced River

Merced Gorge Info
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Put In:  Routes 120 - 140 Junction
Take Out:  Arch Rock Entrance Station
Difficulty:  Class V + , Portage 7
Gradient:  208 fpm
Run Length:  4.8 miles
Current Streamflow:  410 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:00 AM - MERCED R A POHONO BRIDGE NR YOSEMITE CA, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  800 - 1,600 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  Research optimal flow for this section, it may be different then what is listed.
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, November, December
Primary Season:  This section of river only runs in the winter and spring, usually after a few days of heavy rain or during normal snowmelt
Permit:  Talk to the park ranger in this area to gain permission to paddle this section.
Character/Similar To:  Lots of class V+ drops and lots of portages.
Hazards:  This run is for expert kayakers only.
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 164 miles (2 hours 59 minutes) Southeast of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: The put in is just below the diversion dam at the junction of Routes 120 and 140.

Take Out: From the put in drive 5 miles down river on Route 140 to the Arch Rock entrance station.

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