It is the start of August and the temperature is still telling us that dipping our bodies in cool water and eating watermelon is on the menu. Many Mountain Area residents and vacationers are finding some great places to beat the heat including:
Many water activities at Bass Lake
Named by Sunset Magazine as one of “The West’s Best Lakes,” Bass Lake is renowned for good fishing, hiking trails, and warm water. Wakeboarders flock to Bass Lake throughout the spring and summer as do boaters, water skiers, paddle boarders, and waverunner enthusiasts.
Float the Merced River
Spend the afternoon rafting in Yosemite, you’ll have tons of fun while cooling off and taking in some amazing views. Your trip will include a three-mile float down the Merced River in a raft that holds two to four people.
The Yosemite rafting season varies from year to year and depends on factors such as the depth of the rivers, the temperature of the water and the seasonal snowmelt. With a good snow pack year, the season could last to the end of August.
Take a dip in the Merced River
No summer vacation would be complete without a refreshing dip in the sparkling water of the Merced River in Yosemite. Yosemite National Park offers a range of swimming opportunities - from rivers and lakes to family-friendly pools, which are the only swimming places in Yosemite with lifeguards.
A favorite for swimmers of all ages, the Merced River at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley offers sandy beaches which are perfect for spending an afternoon sunning and splashing. Tuolumne Meadows and the Park’s High Sierra Camps also have some wonderful, secluded swimming areas.
River and lake swimming is at-your-own-risk. Life jackets are strongly recommended - especially for children.
Merced river rafting
Zephyr Whitewater is the largest whitewater rafting outfitter near Yosemite, with launching points for rafting trips on both the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers just outside Yosemite National Park. A whitewater rafting trip down either or both of these rivers can easily be combined with a visit to Yosemite. See https://zrafting.com/rivers/merced/.
Chilnualna (pronounced “chill-na-wall-na”) Falls is a series of waterfalls located on the Chilnualna Creek in Yosemite. The complete hike is 8.2 miles roundtrip. It is a favorite hike for many because it offers stunning views, water holes to splash around in and your choice of picturesque lunch spots throughout the year.
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