» North Fork Stanislaus River
Bird’s Eye View
The North Fork of the Stanislaus River, or the “North Stan,” is an under-appreciated gem for rafting and kayaking. It is only runnable in the springtime when the snow melts and the river rises, since the upstream dam rarely releases water during daylight hours. When it does run, in May and early June, it is well worth making the drive up Highway 4 into Calaveras Big Trees State Park to raft or kayak and experience the excitement and beauty the North Fork of the Stanislaus River has to offer.
The North Stan in a Nutshell
Gradient: 77 ft/mi
Length: 7 miles
Season: May – June
Put-in: Sourgrass Campground
Take-out: Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Who should go: Intermediate and advanced boaters who can withstand a little cold for one of the most beautiful runs in California
Whitewater & Scenery
Because the Sourgrass run is at higher elevation the landscape is quite different from other California foothill runs. Transparent turquoise water tumbles over granite boulders and meanders through giant redwoods creating an incredible array of contrasting colors…
Read more about North Stan Whitewater.
Learn more about North Stan River Flows.