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Yosemite Park Advisory: Record snowmelt, high water levels

The 2004-05 ski and snow season in Yosemite saw record breaking snowfall amounts, nearly 200% of normal. With the current spring thaw and coming summer months, Yosemite visitors, hikers, and campers alike should pay close attention to flood risks in and around Yosemite. When staying in and visiting Yosemite, travelers should keep apprised of local conditions when planning their Yosemite Retreat.

A report from the Associated Press as recent as May 16, advised that waters from the melting snowpack caused heavy flooding in the Yosemite Valley floor, causing limited access within the park. Campgrounds and facilities in the lower elevations have been affected. Campers traveling to Yosemite within the new few weeks should keep an eye on water levels and changes in campground availability.

The California Department of Water Resources, Division of Flood Management compiles valuable data on water levels of the major rivers and tributaries of Yosemite National Park. Viewing this information is valuable for planning a trip to Yosemite.The links below are for specific locations in Yosemite National Park that will give you a general idea of how that particular area is affected:

Merced River at Pohono Bridge (real time) :: river stage :: location map

Merced River at Happy Isles Near Yosemite Valley (real time) :: river stage ::: location map

Ostrander Lake (hourly) :: location map

Hetch Hetchy (hourly) :: location map

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