The Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne was first kayaked in 1983. There has been a steady increase in boating use ever since. With the rise in kayaking skills and the development of better and better creek boats, more people than ever are paddling and portaging this river. However, the consensus still seems to be that the best paddling in is the upper miles while the middle section is better for hikers and canyoneers.
A GUIDE TO THE BEST WHITEWATER IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, HOLBEK & STANLEY, 1988Other Information Sources:
Grand Canyon of the T paddler report Seven Rivers Expedition, 2004
Yosemite Park: Tuolumne River/Tuolumne Meadows Plan
2008 Tuolumne Planning Workbook page Comments due Sept. 15, 2008
Yosemite National Park
Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Planning
NOW AVAILABLE: THE TUOLUMNE PLANNING WORKBOOK, A WORK IN PROGRESS
This summer, the NPS will continue discussions with the public, park
visitors, staff, stakeholders, and volunteers regarding planning for both
the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River and Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite
National Park. To further these conversations, the NPS is releasing the
TUOLUMNE PLANNING WORKBOOK, a compilation of all work completed on this
planning process to date.
While release of the draft EIS for the Tuolumne River Plan and Tuolumne
Meadows Plan will not occur until summer 2009, the NPS is providing this
workbook as a progress report and seeking additional comments from
interested members of the public. This is a new step for planning in
Yosemite, inspired by members of the public who asked for opportunities to
provide input on park plans DURING the plan's development.
The Tuolumne Planning Workbook contains draft descriptions of Tuolumne
River values, prescriptions for future management, and preliminary concepts
for where and how these management prescriptions could be applied. It also
contains a comment card and map of the Tuolumne River corridor, suitable
for marking up and mailing back.
Hundreds of comments were received last summer during public scoping for
these two plans, which continue to inform the planning process. However, if
information contained in the Tuolumne Planning Workbook prompts new
thoughts on how to plan for Tuolumne Meadows, additional "scoping" comments
This is an exciting point in the process where no decisions have been made,
but a tremendous number of ideas have been shared. Yet the NPS planning
team is seeking more. Before heading into development of Tuolumne River
Plan alternatives this fall, the NPS wants to take advantage of this summer
season to get additional input.
To be considered in the alternatives development process, comments on the
workbook must be received no later than September 15, 2007.
The workbook can be viewed online at www.nps.gov/yose/planning/trp. To
request a printed version--or submit written comments--send an email YOSE_Planning@nps.gov, fax 209-379-1294, or mail Yosemite Planning, ATTN:
Tuolumne River Plan, P.O. Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389.
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Yosemite National Park is currently seeking the public's input on how the Wild and Scenic Merced and Tuolumne Rivers will be managed in the future, including the question of whether to open them up to paddling. While we're pleased to see the park is considering lifing the ban in some areas, the preferred alternative for both rivers keeps the long-standing prohibition on paddling in place for the Tuolumne and on sections of the Merced. With your help, we can advocate more effectively for opening these stunning and amazing rivers to the public!
Thanks to everyone who submitted comments for the Tuolumne River Plan last month! Now is your chance to weigh in on how the Wild and Scenic Merced River in Yosemite National Park will be managed in the future–comments are due April 18th. With your help, we can advocate more effectively for opening this stunning and amazing river to the public!
This May and June join Paddle to the Sea – the Tuolumne River Trust’s popular paddle-a-thon where hundreds of river lovers and boating enthusiasts raft, canoe and kayak from the Sierra to San Francisco Bay. There is adventurous whitewater and mellow flat-water; fun one-day trips, or going the distance. Boaters of all skills and ages are encouraged to join.
In August, a hunter's illegal campfire exploded into the massive Rim Fire in California, burning forestlands throughout the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park and private lands. Earlier this month, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on HR 3188, also known as the Yosemite Rim Fire Emergency Salvage Act, which would expedite "salvage" logging in the national forest and Yosemite National Park. American Whitewater joined our with partners through Outdoor Alliance to weigh in on the issue.
On Friday, March 14th, Yosemite National Park released their Final Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, announcing that boaters will have the opportunity to enjoy the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne by kayak on a trial basis. While we’re pleased that the Park has placed boating on equal footing for this reach, we're disappointed that the plan continues to prohibit boating on the rest of the river.
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