Stanislaus, California, US
Goodwin Dam to Knights Ferry (Goodwin Canyon)
||III-IV+ (for normal flows)
Looking down into Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Looking down into Mr. Toad's Wild RidePhoto of Mr. Toad's by Daniel Lundberg taken 10/22/06
Getting There: The take out is at Knights Ferry's Recreation Area,
approximately 30 miles northeast of Modesto, CA. From this public park, drive about 2-3 miles
east along Highway 120/108 to Tullock Road (a left turn). Drive another 1.6 miles to the put-in.
GPS Coordinates at
Google Maps. If you can see the Goodwin Dam, you've gone too far.
There is limited parking along both sides of the road. From here it is a short walk to the
Scouting Mr. Toad's: After turning onto Tullock Road, there is a dirt road
1.3 miles down on the left hand side. From here you can scout Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Park on
the dirt road and its a short hike to the overlook. From this spot it is only another 0.3 miles
to the put in.
For more information on this and other local paddling areas, please feel free to contact these
local clubs: Gold Country Paddlers.
You can get more information from California's Whitewater Community at boof.com.
Goodwin-Canyon.com is a website that has a lot of
useful information about the river and area. They have a river map that you can print out and take with
There is also a write up on California Creeks.
Dam is 80 feet high and was completed in 1913. It is jointly owned by two
irrigation districts: the South San Joaquin ID and the
Oakdale ID. Two canals lead from the dam,
one on each side of the river. SSJID supplies water to 70,000 acres of farmland in the
Manteca, Escalon, Ripon area. Oakdale ID supplies water to about 20,000 acres of farmland
on either side of the Stanislaus river in the Oakdale, Riverbank area. Both districts also
supply domestic water. They also produce electricity at their various dam projects and
recently from solar projects.
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Last Updated: 2014-04-07 18:17:19