Merced River Whitewater Rafting

Offering full and half day tripsPrice: Starting at $123 per adult, $113 per youth | Ages: 8+
$100 - $250
Beginner
Full Day
Half Day
Merced River
Rafting
OFFERED FROM APRIL-JULY*
The Merced river tumbles and twists out of Yosemite Valley, gradually mellowing into a raftable whitewater river just 4 miles below the town of El Portal. It is here that our trips begin. Offering abundant whitewater confined by a narrow corridor, this river is a must for the whitewater enthusiast. Indeed, the Merced river offers one of the best whitewater rafting paddle-boat trips in California.

The 11-14 miles of rafting on the Merced is typically class 3 (rated 1-5, with 5 being most challenging) and includes memorable rapids with names like Terminator, Grand Slam and Split Rock! These full and half day trips through our partner, Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, are typically available April through July and are suitable for first time rafters, and depending on water levels, children over age 8.

TRIP TIME
Half Day: 8am-1:30pm, 1:30pm-6pm
Full Day: 9:30am-5:30pm

PRICE
Starting at $132 per adult and $122 per youth (age 8-15)

INCLUDES
• Wetsuits/paddle jackets for spring trips
• All river gear including helmets and life jackets
• Lunch served on river (full day trips only), beverages at trip’s end
• Lunch is not included on 1/2 day trips

DIFFICULTY/AGE LIMIT
The Merced River is usually class 3. Typically suitable for ages 8 and older, depending on season.

MEETING PLACE
Meeting place varies. Please verify meeting location with Recreation team prior to the trip.

WHAT TO BRING
• Completed trip registration forms
• Minimum 32 oz. (1 liter) water
• Swimsuit and/or wool or synthetic layer to wear under wetsuit in cooler weather
• Wool or neoprene socks and proper footwear–sports sandals with heel straps, closed toe river shoes or tennis shoes. No flip flops.
• Sunscreen and lip balm
• Brimmed hat and sunglasses with tie-on
• Camera (only suggested if waterproof)

OTHER INFORMATION
• Guide gratuity is not included; for exemplary service, a 10-20% tip is customary
• Prices subject to change

For more information, call (209) 379-2373 x3 or email recreation@rushcreeklodge.com.

* Conditions permitting. Call for additional seasonal availability.

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