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Merced River

Whitewater Rafting Merced River

One of the Wildest
White Water Rafting Trips We Offer

Class 4 – 4+ • FAQs  Season: April – June

Tumbling down from the peaks of Yosemite National Park, the Merced River is without a doubt one of the most exhilarating rafting trips WWE has to offer. Located a short 3.5 hour drive from the San Francisco Bay area and just 6 hours from Southern California (see main map), the Merced River is a brilliant one-day whitewater rafting adventure. The main entrance to Yosemite is only 40 minutes away from our meeting point, making it a must-see for those adventure seekers rafting the Merced. Rafting on the Merced is considered to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip that will allow you to experience Yosemite’s waterfalls at their absolute grandest. Come and spend an exciting day rafting the Merced with us, followed by a day viewing the magnificent Yosemite National Park.

Merced River Rafting at its Best!

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Good afternoon,

I just wanted to give you some feedback on our white water rafting trip we took on May 5th. My husband and I had the enormous pleasure of rafting down the Merced with the lovely Ann. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide! She had so much to offer with her vast knowledge, experience, and tons of interesting stories. Ann along with the rest of your staff, really worked hard to make sure this was an anniversary trip we will never forget! What a blast! We can’t wait to do it again! Thanks for everything!”

Jamie H.

Merced River Highlights

  • Great one-day whitewater rafting adventure
  • One of the wildest white water California trips we offer
  • Wilderness river rafting trip with gourmet meals
  • A quick 3.5 hour drive from the Bay Area and only 6 hours from many areas in Southern California
  • We offer FREE wet suit use, and rafting windbreakers are also included in the price of the trip!

Merced River Rafting – What is it like?

There are many exciting runs on the Merced River, including “Nightmare Island”, “Grand Slam”, and the giant “Ned’s Gulch”,. These are just a few of the rapids on the Merced, which stretches over 18-miles. Springtime is usually the best time to experience the Merced River, when the water is really roaring. The rapids are virtually non-stop during the springtime and often require rafting crews that are either experienced or adventurous first time rafters; all of whom need to be in excellent physical condition for such challenging rapids. The Merced’s canyon floor is also covered with wildflowers during the spring. The lupine, redbud and California poppy all make this area intensely beautiful.

Merced River Rafting California Trips

1-Day Merced River Rafting Trips $155 – $175   Trip Prices
Beginning at the Red Bud Picnic site (the highest point we can actually raft) a 3.5-mile section of non-stop rapids starts your Merced river rafting adventure with a bang! The excitement continues as you push through the lower section of the Merced builds to the grand finale with the rush of “Corner Pocket,” and “Split Rock” both Class IV rapids.

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