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Merced River Rafting near Yosemite National Park with O.A.R.S.

Adventure Overview:

Spring fever comes early on the Merced River, located near historic Yosemite National Park, as it flows through poppy-covered hillsides and burly pine forests. In April and May, the Class III-IV whitewater you’ll tackle on Merced River rafting trips is the stuff of avid paddlers’ winter daydreams. For the rest of the California whitewater rafting season, the Merced churns with bold wave trains and exhilarating rapids which are ideal for rafters of all levels. Consider combining a Merced River rafting one-day trip with a day or two spent exploring adjacent Yosemite National Park for the perfect California adventure vacation.

Highlights:

  • Merced River rafting on a wild & scenic river through pine forests and California poppy fields
  • Exciting Class III-IV whitewater rafting and rollercoaster wave trains
  • Delicious picnic lunch on a sandy riverside beach
  • Cranberry, Ned's Gulch, Split Rock & Corner Pocket Rapids provide white-knuckling whitewater action
  • Combine this California rafting adventure with a visit to Yosemite National Park

Meeting Place:

9.4 miles northeast of Mariposa on Highway 140.  (Look for our signs 1.3 miles north of Midpines Post Office on your left.  If you miss the turnout, you can turn around at the entrance to the Yosemite Bug Hostel, .4 miles down the road).

GPS Coordinates: 37.576327,-119.947695

Prices:  (Book online & save 10%)

  • Whitewater Wednesdays! $159
  • Weekdays $169
  • Saturdays $189
  • Sundays $179

Additional Cost: 

  • $8 per person per day federal, state and local access fees
  • Wetsuits required on all early-season Merced River rafting trips

ANCESTRAL LANDS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We respect and recognize that many of the river canyons, national forests, BLM and state lands, as well as national parks where we operate are the ancestral homes of many indigenous communities. In California, where we operate along the Klamath, American, Tuolumne, Stanislaus and Merced Rivers, we acknowledge the territories of the Shasta, Yokuts, Nisenan, Karuk and various bands of the Sierra Me-wuk/Miwok tribes.

ATTENTION: OARS has developed a COVID-19 General Mitigation Plan that seeks to minimize the chances that disease transmission will occur on our trips.  A condition of participation is to read, understand and agree to follow the rules and guidelines and participate in all screening measures.  Failure to comply with these conditions of participation will result in declination of service and/or removal from the trip.



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Starts: April 10, 2021

Occurs: Every day until July 29, 2021
Time: Meeting Time: 9:00 am | Advanced Reservations Required

Admission: Advanced Reservations Required

Location: Merced River - Highway 140
Highway 140, Midpines, CA View Website

Phone: (800) 346-6277

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