2023 River Flow Outlook

Last Updated 6/27/2023

If you live in California or follow the news from elsewhere, you know that it has been a VERY healthy winter in the Golden State. The amount of snow and rain we’ve received so far is rivaling some of the wettest years on record. Yet another atmospheric river system adds more to the precipitation totals as of this writing. All this excess moisture brings along its fair share of issues, but it is the impact on California whitewater rafting we’ll be focusing on in this post.

We have been watching weather patterns and river flows for more than 60 years. We know that abundant rainfall and Sierra snowpack mean happy plants after years of drought. We know this means improvements to the drawn-down groundwater table. We also know this means full reservoirs for drinking water, irrigation, hydropower generation, and recreational use. But what does it mean for the upcoming 2023 California whitewater rafting season?

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