Difficulty III-IV(V)
Length 7.4 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 07/06/2020 11:47 pm

River Description

Granite Creek is an undammed tributary to the Middle Fork San Joaquin River that was first boated in 1999. It is a very pretty and high quality stretch of river, with sustained whitewater, loads of class 3 and 4 rapids and one ledge hole that is class V when levels are medium or high (easily portageable).  Everything is easily scoutable and portaging is straight forward.  This run provides a unique opportunity to paddle in the High Sierra's without committing to a class V run.  A vehicle with clearance is needed, try to get a feel for the snow situation before heading up there. 

Here is a Trip Report from 2019, flow information from that trip is available in the report.

Getting There: Take Highway 41 through Oakhurst to the Bass Lake turn off. Go to the east side of Bass Lake to Beasore Rd. Drive a long ways to Clover Meadow then follow your map to Granite Creek.

Put - in: From Clover Meadow, drive east 1/3 mile to a fork in the road and turn left onto 5S30. Continue until your cross the West Fork of Granite Creek then turn left onto Road 4S43 for 1/2 mile. Turn left onto Rd. 4S03 and drive to the mine before hiking down to the creek, or hike even further upstream. If the gate is locked just park there and hike 1/3 mile before descending to the creek. Topozone map, google map.
7270' elevation, 37 33' 01' N 119 17' 51" W

If flows are low Launch at Granite Creek Campgrounds to paddle the last and best 5 miles of the run. Topozone Map, google map.

Take - out: Drive to Clover Meadow, then backtrack 6/10 of a mile to a road heading east signed as Cassidy Trail - 5S84. Follow this dirt road for 2-3 miles staying to the right. This road gets rougher the further you go. The last 1/2 mile requires high clearance and the last 1/3 mile is a jeep road. Take out about 1/3 mile past where the Cassidy Trail crosses the creek at the eastern most point of a horseshoe Bend. Topozone map, google map.
6420' elevation.

After the take-out, this creek plummets 800 feet per mile for 3 miles into the San Joaquin Gorge near Balloon Dome.

Google Earth has high resolution images of this area showing both put-in and take-out and the creek in between.

Nearby weather stations at Graveyard Meadows and Green Mountain show temperature, precipitation and snowpack.

A streamflow gauge existed on Granite Creek from 1921 to 1986. Records for that period can be retrieved and analyzed.
Description for this creek provided primarily by Tom Hagberg, 1999.

Rapid Descriptions


No Gage

Gage Descriptions

There is at present no operating gauge on this river. There are several other online gauges which may help to estimate flows.
See NF Kings at Meadowbrook which may have a similar season.
UC San Diego Scripps Institute maintains a weather station at Devil's Postpile for use in climate research. The gauge shows water height rather than cfs. Monitor the estimate for Dinkey Creek at Dinkey Meadows which is based on the realtime flows reported for the NF Kings below Dinkey Creek at Dreamflows.com or CDEC. Tom Hagberg estimated that Granite will peak about 50% higher than Dinkey Creek. He also estimated that peak flows will be about 1 week behind Dinkey in dry years, about 2 weeks behind in normal years, and about 3 weeks behind in wet years. A streamflow gauge existed on Granite Creek from 1921 to 1986. Records for that period can be retrieved and analyzed.

Directions Description

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