This guide was written by Scott Wucherer
Stanislaus River, USA
Goodwin Canyon Guide
This guide was written by Scott Wucherer. Goodwin Canyon is a 3.85 mile class III to V pool-drop run on the Stanislaus river. There are four major rapids on this run, Mr. Toads Wild Ride, Matterhorn, Upper Pinball, & Haunted House. This run is below all of the major reservoirs, so it contains spawning habitat for Fall-Run Chinook Salmon. The Bureau of Reclamation provides fish releases twice a year. These releases last for about three weeks with varying flows to mimic rain events. The Fall release, usually in October, is to entice the adult fish to come upstream. The spring release, usually in April, is to help push the juvenile fish out to sea. There are also releases in drought years to help with water quality issues in the Delta. This run can be lapped as it has a short shuttle, approximately 15 min one way, and good access points. This is a fairly narrow river with bedrock creating the rapids. There is lots of vegetation growing near the waters edge as the dams above limit the flow of flood waters. This canyon offers great scenery with basalt cliffs and foothill vegetation. As the canyon opens up into the valley you float into historic Knights Ferry and under the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi River. Shortly after the covered bridge is the take-out for this section.
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Goodwin Canyon flows
The Dreamflows graph can be found here. For kayaks, the range is 200 CFS – 3000 CFS. Any higher is sketchy due to vegetation. The 200 – 600 CFS range is on the low end but goes. Toads and Matterhorn have been run at these flows.
For those in rafts, the range is 600 – 3000 CFS (Main Put-In). Between 400-600 CFS you can use Two Mile Bar Put-In, but Toads is too low to run in a raft.
Goodwin Canyon Videos
Scott Wucherer has more laps on Goodwin Canyon than most. (He’s the one that wrote the below guide.) His videos are helpful for scouting, which are listed below.