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Swimming spots in the Valley

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Swimming spots in the Valley


I wanted to know which areas of the Valley are good for parking to swim or wade into the water. I know parking may be a toss up, however biking isn't an option for us as someone in our party doesn't know how to ride a bike. Unfortunate!

In a previous post I found, someone said:

1) Swinging bridge

2) The poster also said "If you're parked at Curry Village, you could walk over to the Merced River to swim or float https://goo.gl/maps/7zXxZoA6YgtKVi2z9 "

My party is staying in El Portal so we one of those days we plan to drive in early and park in Curry Village to hike up the Mist trail to Vernal falls. Perhaps keeping our parking spot

on that day and doing #2 above would work if anyone has advice.

We have an park entry pass. I've seen a Park produced video about the dangers of the river. We're all adults but will be cautious. But, does anyone know if the Merced river level is lower due to the unusually low snow levels? We will be there Monday June 21st & Tuesday the 22nd so not too late into the summer.

thank you in advance,

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1. Re: Swimming spots in the Valley

Yes, the flow in the Merced River is lower than normal.

Be careful around slippery granite.

Long Beach...
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2. Re: Swimming spots in the Valley

Yes, not moving your car is a good idea.

There are beachy areas near the bridges. Near North Pines Campground, Clarks Bridge, usually popular because of campers. Stoneman Bridge, a bit past Curry Village.

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3. Re: Swimming spots in the Valley

We usually camp at Upper Pines and would go to Stonesman Bridge to swim. Right across from Curry Village. Best to get there before the sun goes away from the pool as it does get cold. Superb photo of Half Dome in the background if the river is not swift and you can walk into a little bit. We usually go in August so slow flow.

The Stoneman Bridge beach area: https://goo.gl/maps/4bWGZtjyuNQBRAje9

Our other spot is by the bridge between Upper and North Pines here: https://goo.gl/maps/J5nx1gew3DCKXLFK8

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4. Re: Swimming spots in the Valley

I like Housekeeping Camp where there is a nice beach with some deep spots (depending on the month). HC will be at half capacity so there might be space for parking too but it depends on how things are set up this year.

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Thank you all!

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