Merced River Whitewater Rafting

Offering full and half day tripsPrice: Starting at $132 per adult, $122 per youth | Ages: 8+
$100 - $250
Full Day
Half Day
Merced River
Merced River Whitewater Rafting
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.

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

Trips start at $132 per adult, $122 per youth (age 8-15)

• 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

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

Meeting place is in Midpines, CA, a 1.5 hour drive from Evergreen Lodge. Please verify location with the Recreation team prior to the trip, or reference your confirmation email for address and driving directions.

• 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)

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

For more information, call (209) 379-2606 x3 or email

* Conditions permitting. Call for additional seasonal availability.

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