Merced, California, US
|Usual Difficulty||V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||242 fpm|
|MERCED R A POHONO BRIDGE NR YOSEMITE CA|
|usgs-11266500||300 - 1000 cfs||V||00h48m||745 cfs (running)|
|Range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow paddlers by providing a comment or report.|
This section probably does not get paddled very much as it is discouraged / not allowed by Yosemite National Park. The first descent, described in Holbeck and Stanley was enabled by Yosemite local Tom Meagher who arranged special permission. Other parties have descended the river, and by modern standards it may be comparable to other very difficult rivers now commontly run. It is still likely that numerous portages remain.
Put in: google map. Elevation = 3820 feet.
Alternate Access Points: The road is close to the river over much of this section though it climbs away below Arch Rock entrance station. There are numerous potential alternate access points. In the area near Cascade Creek the gradient and difficulty on the Merced is moderate.
Take out: Highway 140 comes back down to river level at the park boundary. There are two large turnouts for parking upstream of the motels. google map. Elevation = 2120 feet.
The total drop in this section is about 1700 feet over 7 miles for an average gradient of 240 feet per mile.
Other Information Sources:
Merced & SF Merced Planning Process:
The Merced River Plan process is still accepting public comments. Boaters should write comments about which sections of the river and tributaries that they like to boat on and want to boat on. Describe what the experience is like and how it fits into your appreciation and understanding of Yosemite.
Merced River Plan- Public scoping open! till Feb 4, 2010
Merced & South Fork Merced River Draft Outstandingly Remarkable Values Report (1.3 MB, PDF file)
Comment forms [772 kb PDF]
Submit comments electronically to the Yosemite National Park Service planning team at
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Merced River Plan Suggestions Needed by Feb 4, 2010
January 19, 2010
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March 27, 2012
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February 8, 2013
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April 2, 2013