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Red Bud to Bagby Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Merced River

Red Bud to Bagby Info
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Put In:  Red Bud Picnic Area
Take Out:  Bagby
Gradient:  34 ft/mi
Run Length:  29 miles
Current Streamflow:  410 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:00 AM - MERCED R A POHONO BRIDGE NR YOSEMITE CA, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  916-368-8682
Good Level:  800 - 5,000 cfs
Season Comments:  March, April, May, June
Permit:  Required for groups of 24 or more.
Hazards:  North Fork Falls (portage), high water.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private.
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Public and private campgrounds along the river.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 180 miles Southeast of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics:  Put In: From the town of Mariposa drive east on California Highway 140 for about 29 miles. Put in on the right bank at Red Bud Launch Site. There are several alternate put-ins downstream.

Take Out: From the town of Mariposa, Bagby can be reached by taking California Highway 49 north for approximately 18 miles. To reach the take-out turn right onto a dirt road that run along the south shore.

Towns near Red Bud to Bagby Kayaking

Angels Camp California
Bakersfield California
Groveland California
Jackson California
San Francisco California

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