Stanislaus River Flows

What are the flows in 2024?

Do note that flows can change.  This section of river is 100% dam controlled, so flows can increase or decrease based on the needs of local and state water quality requirements.

Flows in July are projected to be in the 350CFS range, which is normal, and a mellow float trip. Alcohol is not allowed on rafts on weekends in July.

Flows in August/September are projected to be in the 250-500CFS range, which is an easy, relaxing float trip.

In 2024, all adult beverages (max of TWO 12-packs per raft) must fit in one 60-quart ice chest per raft, and hard alcohol and glass bottles are not allowed.  Alcohol will not be allowed at any flow above 1000CFS and alcohol will not be allowed Labor Day Weekend, and on weekends in July (including July 4-7).  Anything above 12 ounces per can will be considered multiple drinks and anything above 8% alcohol is not allowed.

For daily flow information, please visit: Stanislaus River Flows

A Guide to Flows

  • Flows are measured in cubic feet per second (CFS).
  • Average flows on the Stanislaus in summer months are between 200-749CFS. These flows are considered amateur-friendly "float trips".
  • Flows between 750-999CFS are still mellow, but we do recommend participants know how to swim, and you want to have one adult per child attending.
  • Flows between 1000-1299CFS are more challenging, and require at least 2+ strong paddlers per boat, and we recommend all participants know how to swim. Alcohol is not allowed.
  • Flows between 1300-1999CFS are considered high flow. Participants need to know how to swim, all boats need 2+ strong paddlers, and strong communication among group members is a must. Alcohol is banned at these flows. All children must be 7 or older.
  • Flows above 2000CFS are normally too dangerous to run trips. We do not recommend the general public raft above 2000CFS.
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