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Forks of Salmon, CA

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Middle Fork Stanislaus River - Sand Bar Flat Run Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Stanislaus River

Middle Fork Stanislaus River - Sand Bar Flat Run Info
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Put In:  Sand Bar Flat Dam
Take Out:  Mount Knight
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V , Portage 4
Gradient:  153 fpm
Run Length:  6 miles
Good Level:  800 - 1,500 cfs, Optimum 1,200 cfs
Season Comments:  April, May, June
Primary Season:  Usually runnable during the peak snowmelt
Permit:  None Presently Required
Hazards:  This is a very challenging class V-VI section of whitewater. There are many portages, portages usually involve jumping around on large boulders bushwhacking through poison oak. This run is for experts only. Getting lost on the way to the put in is easy to do.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), of
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: The put in for this section is very difficult to find. From Route 108 take the paved road to Beardsley Reservoir. In about 2 miles turn right onto FR 5N95. In 3 miles turn right onto FR 5N09X. Follow this road for 10 miles and it should lead to Donnell Lake Dam. This road can sometimes be block by a gate.

Take Out: Finding the take out can be very difficult. From Vallecito drive down the Camp 9 Road, cross the bridge over the river and drive up the river left side on a dirt road. Continue upriver on this dirt road until the Forebay turnoff is reached, turn right here and start tracking the mileage. Drive 7.5 miles to the trail head, the trail starts as a road and in about .5 miles it turns into a trail. Hike down the trail for a couple miles to reach the river.

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