Tuolumne River California Fly Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Tuolumne River

The California Tuolumne River begins its journey in Yosemite National Park and travels 150 miles to the Central Valley, with a wide variety of outdoor recreation available along the way.

  • Tuolumne River begins its journey in Yosemite National Park
  • There are a number of places with great trout fishing on this river
  • Hike off the beaten path to have more fishing success
  • Whitewater rafting offers some long miles of Class IV rapids


Tuolumne River offers incredible scenery along its route through canyons and forests. Visitors to Yosemite enjoy seeing its beginnings at Tuolumne Meadows and experiencing the great fishing further down the river in Stanislaus National Forest.

Location & Information

Tuolumne River CA can be reached from Tuolumne Meadows within Yosemite National Park. Good access points for fishing are at the Rainbow Pool Day Use Area and at the Carlon Day Use Area in Stanislaus National Forest. The confluence of the Tuolumne and the South Fork Rivers are a good place to start your whitewater rafting adventure.

Tuolumne River is accessible all year although some day use areas close for the winter. Tioga Pass Road along the Tuolumne Meadows also is closed for the winter from November to May.

Contact information:
Groveland Ranger District
24545 Highway 120
Groveland, CA 95321


  • Fishing
    Tuolumne River California has some great fishing spots with a number of wildlife species haunting its banks. You can easily reach the river above Groveland. Fishing can be found in Stanislaus National Forest near the day use areas of Rainbow Pool and Carlon. Hiking back away from the crowds also provides better fishing success.
  • Rafting
    From Meral’s Pool to Ward’s Ferry Bridge seems to be the most popular whitewater section, with 18 miles of Class IV rapids to navigate.

Fun Facts

Tuolumne River in California was shaped by glacial movement in the Ice Age, and the Hetch Hetchy Valley as well as the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne was also formed at the same time.

Tuolumne is pronounced “To All O’ Me” with a silent n.

Other Tuolumne River Resources

Tuolumne River Trust

The Tuolumne River Trust strives to raise funds to protect and preserve the natural ecosystem and resources of the Tuolumne River.