This lower section of the Clavey River is reported to be more difficult than the upper section, but very beautiful and pristine.
Put in: The road to the put in bridge is reported to be very long and hard to find. Additionally, in the early season it appears common to have fallen trees across the road. Many boaters simply paddle the upper section first, camp at the lower bridge or just paddle both upper and lower sections in one long day.
Take out: The Clavey River joins the wild and scenic Tuolumne at Clavey Falls. Boaters must continue downstream on the Tuolumne River to take out at Ward's Ferry Road.
Camping options are reported to be very limited along the lower Clavey.
Other Information Sources:Boof.com forumClavey River Watershed PlanClavey River information from Friends of the RiverFred Norquist trip report from 2009A Guide to the Best Whitewater in the State of CA, Holbek and Stanley, 1988
This is the approximate location of the USGS streamgauge that was operational from 1959 to 1995.
I ran this section last weekend 5/20-21/2017. It is much more challenging than the upper. Also, there is a three-mile hike to the put in due to a road closer. And the road to the lower takeout/ Putin is closed. Winter storms were hard on the road infrastructure in this area.
Check out this google earth screencast for more information on this advanced run. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJdisSBnX5w&feature=youtu.be
Optimum flows for both upper and lower sections are reported to be around 500 to 900 cfs at the upper put in. Three miles downstream, Reed Creek will add another 150 to 300 cfs. So optimum flows at the lower run should be around 750 to 1200 cfs.
There are no functioning gauges on the Clavey at present so there is no way to know for sure what the flows are without going and looking at the River. Once at the river there is no way to know exactly what cfs you are looking at either, so use good judgement about whether the river seems high or low.
One way of estimating run off season flows of the Clavey at the confluence is to find the daily inflow to New Don Pedro, subtract the flow of the Tuolumne at Meral's Pool then multiply by 6/10. (Inflow to Don Pedro) - (Merals Pool)]*(0.6)= Clavey at confluence. (formula is courtesy Clavey Coalition Noah)
Dreamflows estimates flow during late spring and summer based on historical relationships between Clavey and other nearby gauges.
There were two historical gauges on the Clavey River, plus a gauge on Reed Creek.
This gauge was operational from 1959 to 1995 and was located close to the put in at the lower bridge at an elevation of 2,374.08 feet above sea level. If there is still a staff gauge visible on the river you can estimate the flow in cfs from the historical readings.
The Peak Streamflow page also shows both gauge heights and cfs. That data is copied below.
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