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Difficulty IV-V(V+)
Length 4 Miles
Gauge N/A
Flow Range
Reach Info Last Updated 11/30/2008 7:25 am

River Description

Mono Creeks headwaters meander through a deserted wooded Alpine valley with spectacular mountain scenery. It is easy to scout and walk drops. The longest and biggest gorge comes early in the run and has several stout drops. As the gradient lessens some then the generally class III and class IV water is punctuated by ocassional classV drops and mini gorges. The first descent is thought to have been done by Rick Smith.

Rapid Descriptions


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Gage Descriptions

On June 15 2008 flows were ideal (250-300cfs). Comparable gauges might include South Fork Kings, South Fork Merced at Wawona.

Directions Description

Getting there: From Fresno, take Highway 168 to Huntington Lake. Take Kaiser Pass road to Edison Reservoir. Vermillion Valley dam forms Edison reservoir. Highway 168 is excellent and fast. Kaiser Pass road is narrow, pot-holed and slow, but very scenic. From Fresno, figure 1.5 - 2 hours to Huntington Lake then another hour to Edison Lake. Park on the boat launch or the beach of the Lake dependant on water levels.


Put In: Put in is approx 4 miles upstream from Edison Lake. To get there either paddle across the Lake (50 minutes with no wind) or take a somewhat pricy ($10) water taxi provided by Vermillion Valley Resort. When you reach the head of the lake hike along the good trail on river right as far as you want. At one point the trail climbs away from the river gaining 500 feet ff height over a shoulder before dropping back to the river. Put on somewhere near where the trail returns to the river, or continue upstream and into the unknown.....


Take Out: Either where the river hits the lake if you intend taking the Water Taxi home or continue across the lake to your starting point. Typical summer weather is a calm and still in the morning, but a headwind and choppy water in the afternoon, so the water taxi offers better value for the return.

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Sierra & Sequoia National Forest Management Plans (CA)

Theresa Simsiman

The U.S. Forest Service recently released the revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Draft Forest Plans (DFP) for the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests. As part of this process, National Forests are required to identify the eligibility of rivers for inclusion into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Once a river is found eligible it is managed to protect the values that support their inclusion. To that end, American Whitewater has identified recreation as an outstandingly remarkable value on many iconic whitewater rivers within the Sierra and Sequoia National Forest and is advocating for their inclusion into the inventory of eligible Wild & Scenic Rivers. Dinkey Creek Photo by Daniel Lundberg

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Help Protect S. Sierra Whitewater Rivers (CA)!

Megan Hooker

This summer the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests are seeking feedback from the public on their update and revisions to Forest Management Plans. These plans set the stage for how the forest will be managed for the next 20 years. Unfortunately, the agency's draft analysis on Wild and Scenic Rivers has largely neglected whitewater recreation values of classic whitewater rivers, including Dinkey Creek. Paddler's voices are important in this process! The deadline to comment is August 25th.

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AW Recommends California Rivers for Wild and Scenic

Megan Hooker

Last week, American Whitewater recommended that the U.S. Forest Service assess whether numerous whitewater rivers in California are eligible for Wild and Scenic status. The agency is currently revising Forest Plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests, and this process provides an opportunity to evaluate rivers for whether they are eligible for Wild and Scenic designation. If a river is found eligible through this process, the Forest Service protects the values that could make it worthy for Wild and Scenic designation, including its free-flowing characteristics. 

Matt Muir


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