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Stanislaus River - Knights Ferry to McHenry Recreation Area Professional Review and Guide
"A quick-flowing stream in a tree-shaded intimate channel that is inviting most of the year. In the 1980s the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created the Stanislaus River Parks with its well-developed campgrounds, trails, river access points, and interpretive center. These amenities are mitigation for inundating the famous Stanislaus River whitewater run under New Melones Reservoir. Once the Stanislaus county seat, the historic community of Knights Ferry is worth exploring. The 140-year-old, 360-foot-long covered bridge, restored mill, and office are within easy walking distance of the put-in."
--Charlie Pike, Paddling Northern California (Falcon Guides).
Nice trip. Easy, but depending on season, can have class 3 rapids, for a very short time at the beggining of run. Late rain this year gave us just that. If you like to fish, bring your ploes, you will see large rainbows and bass
We ended up stopping at Orange Blossom Bridge Reacreation Area and not following through to McHenry. But it was great, took a newbie friend along and she loved it. This river is great for teahcing or beginner practice. Also for intermediates because some areas are very very calm and so you have a chance to strengthen your arms a bit. I've been on it twice now and loved this beginner river.
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