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San Ardo to San Lucas

10 miles
6-8 hours
Afternoon wind
Consider getting an early start. The prevailing north-south winds pick up in the afternoon, and can make paddling difficult.
Access Points
Put-in: San Ardo Take-out: San Lucas
Best flow
300 to 1300 cfs at Bradley
Current flow
2070 cfs Above recommended flow Updated April 17, 2024 at 5:31 am
  • Kayaks, canoes, or SUPs
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There are no known hazards on this stretch since April 2023.


Spot a car at San Lucas.



Distance: 0 miles
Driving directions

Park at the San Ardo access point.

Class I riffle

Distance: 0.5 miles

A minor riffle is the largest water you will see in the trip.


Distance: 13 miles
Driving directions

Take out at San Lucas. Exit river right under the iconic green metal bridge. Exit river right.