Rivers of the Pacific Slope
Tuolumne River Trip

Downloadable Trip Brochure

Revised Schedule

730 pm Jason Kuiken or Jim Junette - Welcome to the Stanislaus
800 pm Bob Wilkinson, et. al - Keynote Address
830 pm Chris Graham- Sierra Precipitation- Forecasting and Responding"
930 pm Scott Schoettgen- River Sports and Conservation (late night delight)

0830 Glen White- Geology of Sierran Canyons
0900 Chris Wilkinson- Natural History of the Sierra Nevada
0930 Ty Chidress- Boating History of the Tuolumne River
1000 Peter Druckmier-Politics of the Tuolumne River Watershed
1030 Jim Eicher- FERC, the Tuolumne and the Future
1100 David Jigour Wards Ferry- Realities and Opportunities
1130 Steve Holdeman- Aquatic Biology of the Tuolumne and Sierra Nevada Rivers
1200 Lunch
1300 Jennis Haas- Foothill Canyon Botany
1330 Curtis Kvamme- Evolution of Foothill Canyon Soils
1400 Brian Collins- Microburst March 2018; Effects and Implications
1430 Kristina Rylands- Rivers of Yosemite
1500 Katherine Evatt-Mokelumne River- Partnering for Sucess
1530 Stephanie Tidwell-Eel River Protection
1600 Sammy Gensaw- Klamath Regeneration Revolution
1630 Bob Wilkinson-Closing Remarks, 
1830 Dinner at Tuolumne Trails and prepare for river trip on Sunday1700 Happy Hour
1945 pm Lisa Murphy (Wildlife Biologist) - Bats of the Tuolumne Canyon; Live Audio  Census in Tuolumne Trails Meadow

Sunday, April 21, 2019

0700 Coffee, enjoy multi-option breakfast and additional river-topic discussions
0830 River Trip on Tuolumne River

  • Shuttle, load gear rafts, rafting orientation/instruction
  • Continuous Class IV boulder slalom of Rock Garden Rapid will begin our first day. The first 6 miles drop at about 60 feet/mile in pool-drop fashion 40 feet/mi. after
  • Riverside lunch inside Microburst zone, river topic discussions about March 2012 Microburst and river canyon ecology.
  • Class 4 to 4+ including Clavey Falls, the biggest rapid on the trip, is at mile 5.5. The option to walk around this rapid is available.
  • Arrive at Wards Ferry Bridge. River take out discussion.
  • Load boats and gear on shuttle vehicles

1700 pm — Depart Wards Ferry Bridge
1745 pm — Arrive at Camp Tuolumne Trails

Additional Information
Navigation of complex, demanding rapids with stops at points of interest for discussions of river topics.

What to bring - prepare for a cool weather trip!

  • Passengers with sun sensitivity may wish to wear quick-dry long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Wool, silk or synthetic layer under wetsuit
  • Tennis shoes or wetsuit booties
  • Wool hat, ball cap or visored cap that will stay on
  • For warmth, layering wool or synthetic performance garments under a wetsuit and splash jacket is best. Avoid wearing sweats or cotton clothes of any kind on the rafts – they never dry out and keep you cold.
  • Shorts and/or swimsuit
  • T-shirt or long sleeve shirt
  • Polyester underwear
  • Wool or neoprene socks
  • Extra tennis shoes or sandals
  • Wetsuit and splash jacket (rentals available on site)
  • Sweater or fleece
Camping Gear
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Tent and ground cloth
  • Small towel & toiletries
  • Flashlight and batteries (packed separately to prevent devices from turning on when inside your bag)
  • Headlamps are great for overnight trips!
  • Extra plastic zip-lock bags to store odds & ends
  • Personal water bottle (to refill on the trip)
  • Sun block, lip balm, medications (packd in a plastic Zip-Loc© bag)
  • Camera (waterproof models strongly advised)
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Fishing license and gear (hard shell case)
  • Bike gloves to protect hands while paddling
  • Small (waterproof) day pack or fanny pack
  • Reading material, journal and pens

NOTE: Preparing by stuffing duffle bags and stuff sacks with gear you plan to bring before arriving makes packing items on site easier. It also helps you fi items when you need them in camp. Your
overnight gear will be loaded and tied into the rafts at put in, so hold onto things you may want to access during the day (sunscreen, etc.). A separate “day bag” will be provided on each raft for those items.

Drive Times to Groveland, California 

Sacramento: 140 miles, 2.5-3.5 hours 
SF Bay Area 150 miles 3-4 hours 
Los Angeles 350 miles 7-8 hours
S. Lake Tahoe: 150 miles 3.5-4 hours (no snow)
Reno:  250 miles 5-5.5 hours (no snow)

Register here.

Choose from registration options that each represent amazing values, thanks to the generosity of our colleagues at ARTA and friends. The option differ only in your lodging Friday night. You can stay at nearby Tuolumne Trails, where cozy cabins overlook the river, and you can also try out your camping gear early by sleeping on the floor at the boatshop.

Friday Night 
Package 1 - Tuolumne Trails

RMS members - $129 
Non-members – $149

Package 2 -
No lodging included (contact us for camping options nearby)
RMS members - $65
Non-members – $85

Included with Packages 1, 2:

  • Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast at Tuolumne Trails
  • Saturday and Sunday river meals

Included with Package 3:

  • Friday dinner and cabin, Saturday breakfast at Tuolumne Trails

Included with Package 4:

  • Friday dinner and seminar 

River Shuttle, Camping Package – Provided, courtesy of ARTA 
Tent, ground cloth, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad - available to those camping Friday night 

Wetsuits/paddle jackets can be rented on site - $10

Register today! Refunds minus $35 are available through April 8. After April 8, refunds will not be available

Contact Bob Stanley – [email protected] with program or logistics questions and Risa Shimoda – [email protected] with questions about your registration.