Stanislaus, S. Fork, California, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||94 fpm|
|SF STANISLAUS R AT STRAWBERRY|
|cdec-S61||400 - 1200 cfs||IV-V||10h56m||1079 cfs (running)|
|SF STANISLAUS R NR STRAWBERRY DIV DAM|
|cdec-S83||400 - 1200 cfs||IV-V||10h56m||892 cfs (running)|
|Actual best flows for boating are uncertain. Flow below Philadelphia Diversion Dam.|
Put in: Highway 108 bridge. Elevation 5290 feet.
Take out: Lyons reservoir. Elevation 4215 feet.
Total drop 1075 feet over 11.5 miles.
There appear to be numerous options for put in and take out. Study a map.
Jay Seiler reports
This run was a lot of fun. We estimated it to be around 11 miles from a few miles above the campground to about 3 or 4 miles below it. Great class 3-5.Two tricky dams above the campground. Below the campground there were two class 5 drops separated by continuous 3-4 drops. First class five portage on the right. The last mile of whitewater was the most fun-Six drops in a row. First one is class 5, one of us in our group ran it blind-the next day we all walked it. Hard to see-must make eddy on the left. Portage left. The next 5 drops are all class 4+ drops back to back sticky holes all down the left-run right. Take out on the river left after a mile or so on a logging road I believe-past the powerlines. Scout for wood and drops you might not want to try. Have fun.Be safe.
Other Information Sources:
A GUIDE TO THE BEST WHITEWATER IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, HOLBEK & STANLEY, 1988
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|2.9||Philadelphia Diversion Dam||N/A|
|3.0||Gauge below Philadelphia Diversion||N/A|
|4.5||Fraser Flat campground||N/A|
PG&E is required to start posting flow information from this gauge, USGS #11296500.
This dam may or may not be a portage. Scout carefully.
PG&E is required to start providing hourly flow information from this gauge, USGS 11297200.