Clavey - 2) Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry, Tuolumne River

Clavey, California, US


2) Lower Bridge to Ward's Ferry, Tuolumne River (Lower Clavey)

Usual Difficulty V+ (for normal flows)

Lower Clavey, Steve Wallace

Lower Clavey, Steve Wallace
Photo of Steve Wallace by Brett Valle

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
cdec-CBU 400 - 1200 cfs V+ 8y72d04h28m 2 cfs (too low)

River Description

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: forum
Clavey River Watershed Plan
Clavey River information from Friends of the River
Fred Norquist trip report from 2009
A Guide to the Best Whitewater in the State of CA, Holbek and Stanley, 1988

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-06-04 21:38:06

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Old gauge

Rapid Descriptions

Old gauge

This is the approximate location of the USGS streamgauge that was operational from 1959 to 1995.  


User Comments

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May 22 2017 (567 days ago)
buckmanriver (158402)
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.

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