Merced River Rafting Trips | White Water Rafting California
Closest rafting to Yosemite!
Location: Mariposa, CA
Level: Class IV Beginner-Intermediate
Min Age: 7-10 years old (depending on the water levels)
Duration: 1 day and half day trip options
Swimming skills required
The Merced River tumbles and twists out of Yosemite Valley, gradually mellowing into a raft-able whitewater river outside the Park. No dams lie above this section of whitewater, and during spring and early summer as the snowpack in the Sierra melts, the Merced comes to life.
The Merced’s proximity to Yosemite makes it a popular choice for visitors looking for a half-day or 1-day Class IV rafting trip on their way to the Park. The Merced’s spring and early summer rafting season coincides with peak waterfall viewing season in Yosemite. It’s also located close enough to the Central Valley (just 1 hour from Merced) to draw visitors from throughout California. Your head guide will meet you the morning of your trip at the Merced Rafting meeting spot, located about 11 miles east of Mariposa, California, and about a 1.5-hour drive west from Yosemite Valley. Minimum age is 10 years old in the spring and lowers to age 7 in summer as the water drops. Participants will be provided with maps, detailed directions, and meeting times.
In the spring, the Merced is defined by abundant wildflowers and Class IV whitewater confined in a narrow corridor, creating a series of thrilling, sparkling rapids and wave trains that make this river a must for any rafting enthusiast. Indeed, our Merced River rafting trips offer one of the best whitewater trips in California. Guides and crews work in unison to negotiate the waves and share in the excitement. Rapids like Percolator Hole, Ned’s Gulch, and the infamous Split Rock keep everyone focused on the fun. Later in the season, the Merced slows to a more moderate level making it ideal for families and more timid paddlers.
Our Merced Rafting trips are operated by a trusted, associated rafting company.
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