If you have visited the San Joaquin River in the last few weeks, you may have noticed a much stronger current and more water in the channel. According to the Friant Dam daily operations report, the river is currently flowing at 6,500 cubic feet per second. For comparison, the average low flow is 350 cfs.
Since the channel is wide, the river may look calm, but it is very cold and has a powerful current.
The San Joaquin River may look like a place to cool off when the temperature is high, but it is
not safe for swimming under current conditions.
Please don't try to wade or swim in the river until the flow decreases to a safer level.
River Parkway Trust staff are regularly monitoring river conditions. Our public canoe and kayak tours will be cancelled until the river flows decrease. For more information call 559-248-8480 or email Molly Schnur-Salimbene at
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