Top One-Day California Rafting Trips: Merced River

Charlie Higgins

Written by Charlie Higgins
California Rafting Editor

Looking for a challenging one-day rafting trip near Yosemite National Park? The Merced River is a great option for white water rafting in Central California.

Whitewater Rafting – YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA – California’s Yosemite National Park has no shortage of great white water rafting for all levels. The Merced River offers a great one-day rafting trip to experience the unrivaled natural beauty and wilderness of this world-famous outdoor recreation destination. Experienced rafters will find that the Merced River has everything they need to enjoy a great rafting trip in Central California!

The Merced River: World Class Rafting Near Yosemite

Sometimes short, exhilarating rafting trips are the best, and the Merced River is one California rafting river that doesn’t disappoint. This gorgeous river offers plenty of great Class IV rapids, particularly in April and May which are the best rafting months. Ted Bilton of the World Rafting Alliance says “This one-day California whitewater rafting trip is perfect for experienced rafters itching to get wet.” I recommend you follow his advice and book your Merced River California rafting trip today!

Experience Top-Noth Rafting And Wildneress On The Merced River

The Merced River near Yostemite National Park is considered one of the most beautiful rafting destinations in California and even North America. It is comparable to many of the great rafting rivers in Alberta, Canada. A popular Merced River begins at Red Bud Campground ends near Briceburg. This fun 15.6 mile run includes Class IV rapids like Nightmare Island and Chipped Tooth and is recommended by the California Rafting Alliance. Don’t miss out on the thrill and excitement of California white water rafting!

Group Discounts

We offer the following group discounts for our California white water rafting adventures. You can also check out some of our most popular group rafting trips:

  • 5% off with 6-11 people
  • 10% off with 12-17 people
  • 15% off with 18-23 people
  • 20% off with 24-29 people
  • 25% off with 30+ people

Family Rafting Specials

On our Weekday American River Overnight Rafting & Camping Trips kids are 50% off with every full paying adult! Trips depart on Mondays & Thursdays all summer long! These trips are great for families with kids ages 4+.


2021 Family Rafting Specials

2021 Family Vacation Deals | Half of kids! For every full paying adult, get 50% off a youth ticket! American River 2 day overnight trips