Tuolumne River Rafting

A guide to California Whitewater Rafting

River Access for Whitewater Rafting on the Tuolumne

The Main Tuolumne and Cherry Creek are located 30 minutes west of Yosemite National Park, with some of the best whitewater rafting in the Sierra Nevada.

The Shuttle for the Main Tuolumne is Fairly simple...

Put-in - Meral's Pool:

From Groveland off of Highway 120, drive east (toward Yosemite) 7.5 miles. Turn left on Ferretti Road; keep an eye for a bunch cabins and the Casa Loma Coffee Shop & River Store on the left. Drive about 1.5 miles then turn right onto Lumsden Road after you cross the second cattle guard. Travel about 5 miles down to the river. Lumsden road is a steep rutted dirt road, so put her in low, drive slow and enjoy the scenery. Park at the Meral's Pool put-in.

Take-out - Ward's Ferry:

Turn north off Highway 120 at Big Oak Flat (2 miles east of Groveland), onto Ward's Ferry Road (paved) and follow it 7 miles to the bridge across the upper end of New Don Pedro Reservoir.

Excerpted from California White Water" by Jim Cassady Fryar Calhoun