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Half Day Rafting Trips on the Merced River with Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions

The Merced river tumbles and twists out of Yosemite Valley, gradually mellowing into a raftable whitewater river just 4 miles below the town of El Portal. It is here that our trips begin. Offering abundant whitewater confined by a narrow corridor, this river is a must for the whitewater enthusiast. Indeed, the Merced river offers one of the best whitewater rafting paddle-boat trips in California and our meeting spot is only 1 hour and 30 minutes from Yosemite Valley!

Experience:  Class 3-4 - Intermediate

Our Main Season: 1/2 day trips cover 11 river miles, and our late season family trips cover 5.5 miles.

Trip Times & Pricing: 

  • Both morning (8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) and afternoon (1:30 to 6:00 p.m.) trips are available. NOTE: The 4.5 hour window for each trip includes car parking, bus shuttle, a safety talk, etc.  Actual “on-water” time varies depending on how high or how low the water levels are at trip time.
  • From $92 to $117. Minimum age is 7-16 depending on water levels.
  • Trips daily from April into July or early August depending on snow-pack

Trip & Price Includes:

  • Wetsuits and/or paddle jackets for spring trips
  • All river gear including helmets and life jackets
  • Beverages at trips end
  • Parking and round trip bus shuttle to and from river
  • Lunch is not included on our 1/2 day trips

Meeting Spot:

All Merced  trips meet at the ZEPHYR WHITEWATER MERCED RIVER PROPERTY, located at 6940 State Highway 140, Midpines, CA, 95345. Our property is eight miles from Mariposa, and just across Highway 140 from the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort.  We have a large secure parking area, and the Yosemite Bug Mountain Resort has a great restaurant just minutes from our property.  See our location on Google Maps.

Please read Zephyr Whitewater Rafting's COVID-19 response to rafting in 2021.


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Starts: April 08, 2021

Occurs: Every day until July 18, 2021
Time: 8:30am or 1:30 pm | Advanced Reservations Required

Admission: Advanced Reservations Required

Location: Merced River - Highway 140
6940 Highway 140, Midpines, CA 95345

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Phone: (800) 431-3636

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