Cold water, high-volume flows of Stanislaus River pose danger

Published May 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO, California The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District’s Stanislaus River Parks are experiencing unusually high water flows throughout the park’s campground areas. Flows are normally around 300 cubic feet per second (cfs) but at present are 4,000 cfs and may possibly increase to 6,000 cfs.

Due to the increased flow and stronger currents, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District deployed on eight occasions over a recent weekend to assist with Stanislaus River rescues, two of which resulted in the Stanislaus Sheriff's Office deploying their helicopter.

Visitors to Stanislaus River Parks are advised that swimming is NOT recommended at this time. Swift currents can be dangerous, and cold water can quickly cause hypothermia.

For more information on Stanislaus River Parks, please contact Park Manager Heather Wright or Senior Park Ranger Brady Wendt at 209-881-3517.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the nation's leading federal providers of outdoor recreation with more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states.

Sacramento District provides planning, engineering, project management, environmental restoration and construction services to military and civilian customers in parts of eight western states, including California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.



J. Paul Bruton

Release no. 17-011