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 river. 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.Local Clubs:
For more information on this and other local paddling areas, please feel free to contact these local clubs: Gold Country Paddlers.Online:
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 you.
There is also a write up on California Creeks.
Goodwin 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.
There are several sources of flow information included in this section.
The graph above is from a gauge at Orange Blossom Bridge, located 7 miles below the takeout at Knights Ferry.
The highlighted numerical reading is from a USGS gauge located 30 miles to the west of Ripon, CA. The flow is going to be about 200 cfs higher than what would be found in the Goodwin Canyon. Flows in the canyon are less than the AW-USGS gauge reading due to small seasonal side streams and irrigation run-off between the take-out and the gauges at Ripon, CA and the Orange Blossom Bridge.
Due to flow release restrictions on the Goodwin Dam just upstream, flows are seldom above 1500 cfs and are often at less than recommended flows in late summer depending on snow pack and water storage needs.
The actual release from Goodwin Dam is reported by CDEC as a daily number at GDW.
Permits are not required for this reach.
Haunted House & Daniel: Slideshow
Haunted Hause & Evan; slideshow
Dan Hogg running Haunted House
Matterhorn at Low Flow
Evan on Mr. Toad's
Calm after the storm
Geoff Seal Launch
Daniel seeing ghosts
Evan in Haunted Mansion
Mr. Toads in December
Mr. Toad's Wild ride at 500cfs
Frogs, not YOU, should be swimming!
Knights Ferry Covered Bridge
Air Mattress Part 2
Narrows Part 2
In the Narrows
Behind the Wall of Pain
The Wall of Pain
Above Lower Pinball
Below Upper Pinball
The meat of Matterhorn
Entrance to Matterhorn
Below Mr. Toad's
Horion Line for Mr. Toad's
Dan getting warmed up
Signs in Park
A Heck of a Drop!
The Park at the Put In
The Rock Wall
Looking down into Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
Knights Ferry Park Map
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