San Joaquin, Middle Fork, California, US
|Usual Difficulty||V+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||120 fpm|
|MF SAN JOAQUIN R NR MAMMOTH LAKES CA|
|usgs-11224000||100 - 250 cfs||V+||00h54m||1010 cfs (too high)|
The Middle Fork of the San Joaquin is now getting boated by one to several groups a year in most
years. It seems likely this incredible canyon will become steadily more popular.
More and more of the drops are being run, but many portages are still necessary. The famous Crucible section is often paddled now, so that big portage has been eliminated by some groups.
Season: This reach must be boated as flows drop near the very end of the run off
season. Often this will be in July. In wet years, the best boating levels could be in
Put-in elevation: 7,545 feet (2300 meters)
Take-out elevation: 3,330 feet (1,015 meters)+- (varies with elevation of Mammoth Pool)
Google Earth has excellent hi resolution aerial images of much of this section.
It is not legal to paddle within Devils Postpile itself, so hike boats downstream on the trail to the monument boundary before launching.
Other Information Sources:
Devil's Postpile Headquarters: 760-934-2289
Triple Crown story
Wikipedia - Devil's Postpile
Jefferson State Creeking Blog by Darin Mquoid
Devil's Postpile V-V+ (P) [Middle Fork San Joaquin] -Day One-
Devil's Postpile V-V+ (P) [Middle Fork San Joaquin] -Day Two-
Devil's Postpile V-V+ (P) [Middle Fork San Joaquin] -Day Three-
A GUIDE TO THE BEST WHITEWATER IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, HOLBEK & STANLEY, 1988
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A trail crosses the river here. A gauging station operated just upstream of the bridge into the 1980's.
New Flows For the San Joaquin
April 19, 2007
AW Recommends California Rivers for Wild and Scenic
February 9, 2016