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Upper Clavey Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Clavey River

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Upper Clavey Info
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Put In:  Upper Bridge
Take Out:  Lower Bridge
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V , Portage
Gradient:  123 fpm
Run Length:  8.5 miles
Good Level:  500 - 1,000 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 only runs in the winter and spring, usually after a few days of heavy rain or during normal snowmelt

Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Mostly class IV rapids in an isolated canyon with a few class V rapids mixed in. All of the class V drops can be portaged making this run great for solid class IV kayakers.
Hazards:  There are many portages in the first mile. Scout each drop.
Water Craft:  kayak,raft
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 123 miles (2 hours 16 minutes) Southeast of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: 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.

Put In: From the take out follow the dirt road up river left for about 9 miles. Turn left onto a well marked paved road, 3N01. Follow this for 5 miles to the road between Tuolumne City and Cherry Lake, turn left on this road and follow it for 3 miles the put in at the bridge over the Clavey.

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