Rafting in Yosemite National Park, Mariposa, California USA

Late May to July or early August
River depth:
6.5 ft/2 m
Yosemite National Park is located near Mariposa, California, USA.

Merced River, flowing in Yosemite Park, is perfect for rafting in summer months. Length of the rafting season changes from year to year, depending on the water temperature, climate and river depth. One typical season begins late May to July or early August.

You can rent a raft at the Curry Village Recreational Center or in shops around. The rafts can hold 4 adults and are equipped with the mandatory personal flotation devices and paddles. It is permitted to practice between Stoneman Bridge (it is located near Curry Village) and Sentinel Beach Picnic Area.

You can raft between 10 am and 6 pm, making sure that the following conditions are satisfied: the sum of air and water temperature must be more than 100°F/37.7°C and river depth must be less than 6.5 ft/2 m at Sentinel Beach. You can also raft on the South Fork, located in the Wawona Area.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM San Francisco
195 mi / 313.8 km, 3 hrs 54 mins
Take the Oakland-Bay Bridge (Highway 80 East). Take Highway 580 east, following signs for Tracy/Stockton to Highway 205. Follow Highway 205 to Highway 120. Take Highway 120 into Yosemite National Park.
BY CAR FROM Las Vegas, Nevada
372 mi / 598.6 km, 6 hrs 27 mins
Take US-95 N for 170 +/- miles. Near Forks Station, turn LEFT onto NV-266 and follow for 50+ miles at which point it becomes NV-264 (shortly after entering California). Stay on NV-264 until reaching US 6. Turn LEFT onto US-6 (West toward Benton and Bishop) and follow for 23+ miles. Take exit onto CA-120 in Benton. Follow CA-120 to Highway 395 N. Follow Highway 395N/CA-120 to Lee Vining where you will exit Highway 395 and continue on Highway 120 into Yosemite National Park. (Portions of Highway 120 may be closed seasonally).
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
170 mi / 273.6 km, 3 hrs 35 mins
Take Highway 99 South to Manteca. Exit onto Highway 120 East in Manteca and follow directly into Yosemite.
BY CAR FROM Los Angeles
340 miles/547.18 km, 6 hours 9 minutes
Follow Interstate 5 North toward Bakersfield. Just beyond the Grapevine towards Bakersfield, follow Highway 99 North to Fresno. From Fresno, follow Highway 41 to Yosemite Valley.
Fresno/Yosemite International Airport (FAT),
125 mi / 201.2 km

Amtrack  Trains serve San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento to and from Merced/Riverbank and connect with VIA bus lines for direct luxury motor-coach into Yosemite Valley.  Fares include the bus travel and the park entrance fee. For fares, schedules and information visit


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