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Recreation Passes & Permits

Tuolumne Wild & Scenic River Permit Reservations


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Please use caution while in the
Rim Fire Burned Area.
Potential hazards include loose and falling rocks, flash floods, and debris flows.
Trees may have been weakened from fire damage and ongoing drought and may fall at any time.
Stay on designated roads and trails and within opened areas.
Be alert for falling objects and do not linger around large trees.
Avoid the area during high winds or heavy rain.


Raft trip permit reservations for any given season will not be accepted before January 1 of that year. A $15 fee is charged for reserving a rafting permit. For parties of 11 to 26 people an additional fee of $2 per personal applies. This non-refundable, non-transferable fee must be submitted with the permit application (not available at this time). Permits issued to walk-ins on a non-reserved basis will be issued at no charge.

To reserve a permit, please fill out a non-commercial boating permit application.

Download Reservation Form: 
Tuolumne Wild & Scenic River Non-Commercial Boating Permit Application (pdf, 315 KB).

Permit Information: 

  1. Permit applications will be accepted after January 1 for the following season (May 1 through October 15).
  2. The non-refundable fee must accompany each application.
  3. Reservations will automatically be cancelled when checks are returned due to insufficient funds.
  4. Reservations for weekend (Fridays and Saturdays) launches are limited to 6 reservations per person per year.
  5. Cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to the launch date will be considered no shows.  No shows will forfeit any other reservations they might have for the remainder of the season.
  6. Group size is limited to a maximum of 26 persons and 6 rafts.
  7. Maximum length of stay for each trip is 2 nights and 3 days.
  8. During the period of spring run-off, flows may be so great that boating should not be attempted on the Tuolumne River.  Flow information may be obtained from the Groveland Ranger District or by checking the website: www.dreamflows.com

Boat Requirements: 

  1. Each person must wear a Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III or V Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times while on the river and each boat must carry extra PFDs.  For groups of two or more boats, two extra PFDs per group are required.  PFDs must be in good and serviceable condition at the time of launch.  Helmets are required for all kayakers and all floaters on the upper Tuolumne.
  2. Each boat must have an extra oar or paddle as applicable, and throw line.  Also required are 20 feet of mooring line and a coil of at least 100 feet of extra line for emergencies (wrapped boats, etc).
  3. A first-aid kit, adequate for the size of the group involved must be carried.
  4. An adequate repair kit must be carried on each boat.
  5. One air pump must be carried on each inflatable boat.

Recreation Regulations: 

  1. Litter of any kind may not be discarded in the rivers, along the shore, or adjacent canyons.  Burn or carry out all burnable material.  Carry out all unburnable material including cans, bottles, leftover food, eggshells, melon rinds and cigarette butts.  Liquid garbage must be strained into sump holes, through a fine mesh screen capable of holding small food particles and the particles then placed in garbage bags to be carried out of the canyon. Sump holes are to be dug away from camp and above the high-water line.
  2. Portable toilets or personal disposable travel toilet bags are required to be carried on all trips (including kayaks).  All portable toilet waste must be carried out and deposited in an authorized disposal facility.  For your convenience, disposable travel toilet bags are available for purchase in our office. 
  3. Wood and charcoal fires are allowed in fire pans only.  No fires are allowed in rock rings or on the ground.  Keep a pail of water near the fire and be sure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the site.  All ash and charcoal must be carried out of the canyon.  When FIRE RESTRICTIONS are in effect, you may use ONLY a portable stove with gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.
  4. Surface water should be boiled or treated prior to drinking.  You may prefer to include drinking water with your supplies.

Other suggested items include wet suits during periods of cold weather and low water temperatures, matches in a waterproof container, line knife, U.S.G.S. maps, snakebite kit, and gear for removing wrapped boats.  Evaluate your ability and equipment before attempting this river.  Scout rapids before proceeding as conditions can change.

Please cooperate with other users by launching adjacent to and downstream of the staff gauge.

Contact the Groveland Ranger Station for more information: 209-962-7825, 24545 Highway 120, Groveland, California 95321.