Confluence of the Tuolumne and Clavey Rivers, by Susie Williams
Groveland and Pine Mountain Lake are a mecca for world class white water rafting and kayaking. The Wild and Scenic Tuolumne River Canyon is only minutes from Groveland. The river and canyon are federally protected from development and offer visitors the experience and natural beauty of a rare wild river. Many white-water guide companies are located in the area. The main run on the Tuolumne River is 18 miles long with Class IV+ water. The overall gradient of the Tuolumne is 40 feet per mile. Water volumes run from 600 cfs to 10,000 cfs. Cherry Creek, a tributary of the Tuolumne River, offers Class V white-water rapids. The Cherry Creek gradient is 110 feet per mile overall, with the “Miracle Mile” dropping at over 200 feet per mile. Runnable levels on the Cherry are 600 cfs to 2000 cfs. Many natural pools cool visitors during heat of the day. The Tuolumne River canyon has overnight camp-sites and excellent out-door recreation for all.
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