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MRP Recreation Workshop


Every year millions of visitors from around the world come to Yosemite Valley to recreate in and along the Merced River.

The Merced River factors prominently in the grandeur of Yosemite National Park drawing millions of people each year from all over the world. Its towering waterfalls along with meandering and rushing waters provide for a variety of exemplary river related recreational experiences. The National Park Service is preparing a comprehensive management plan that will outline the future management of Merced River including how best to provide for high quality river recreation while protecting the resource values for which the river was designated wild and scenic. The purpose of this workshop is to develop a common understanding of recreation activities and related resource protection along the Merced River. Social Scientist Bret Meldrum and Park Planner Jim Bacon along with other park planners, scientists, and operations specialists will present an overview of current recreation conditions and managerial considerations. The conversations generated in this workshop will provide a foundation for dialog between park managers and the public as the Merced River Plan is developed.

Date: May 25
Time: 1-4 pm
Location: Yosemite Valley Auditorium

Agenda [137 kb PDF]
Presenter Bios. [75 kb PDF]
Comment Form [99 kb PDF]
River Segment Map (Overview) [12.2 MB PDF]
Recreational ORV Maps (by river segment) [16.6 MB PDF]

Presentations given at the workshop:

  1. Presentation 1 [2.7 MB PDF]: Introduction
  2. Presentation 2 [6.8 MB PDF]: Background of Recreation in Yosemiteand an Overview of Recreation Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs) (by river segment)

Did You Know?

Sierra Sweet Bay

In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.