- Stanislaus River
- Class III to IV
- River Length
- 4 miles
- 1 day
- Year Round
As the Stanislaus exits the Sierra Mountains it enters Goodwin Canyon, a low elevation basalt gorge featuring a four-mile stretch of exciting Class IV intermediate whitewater. The scenery shifts dramatically to riverbanks lined with cottonwood and willow with towering bluffs high above the basalt canyon walls.
Evidence of gold rush history is prevalent here, with the remains of a mining town once washed away by flooding visible from the riverbed. This run is especially popular since it is one of the closest quality whitewater stretches to the cities of San Francisco and San Jose.
Due to its lower elevation nature, this run can be navigated from April to October, one of the longest seasons in the region.