Merced, S. Fork, California, US
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Put in: From Wawona drive south through the park entrance station to Fish Camp. From Fish Camp, take the Jackson Rd to Big Sandy Campground and on to Fresno Dome. From there take Sky Ranch Road to its end at the Chiquito Pass trailhead. It will probably take at least an hour from Fish Camp. Following the trail it is less than 2 miles to the river with a drop of about 900 feet. The climb to Chiquito Pass is less than 100 feet elevation gain.
Contact Yosemite National Park to get a Wilderness permit and to register to boat this section of river.
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Due to municipal water intake, the area above Swinging Bridge is closed to boaters and boats must be removed prior to reaching the water intake. Boaters are required to portage this section of river starting 100 yards upstream of the impoundment down to the Swinging Bridge. The portage is easily done by following a trail along river right.
Yosemite National Park Releases Final Merced River Plan
February 14, 2014