A classic Salinas River float through some of the most beautiful stretches of river.
There are several barbed-wire fences that cross the river. The flow is never very high, so it is easy to spot these and make your way to the river's edge. There are several narrow sections that at higher flows have moderate strainers. Stay close to the main flow in these areas.
Spot a car at San Ardo.
Distance: 6.3 miles
A barbed-wire fence crosses the river. Pass boats over the fence river left.
Distance: 8 miles
The San Ardo oil fields are dangerous operating oil fields, do not try and exit the river here except in emergencies. The bridge over the river is not a good access point and is all on private land with no public easement.
Distance: 9.2 miles
A barbed-wire fence crosses the river. Pass boats over the fence river right.
Distance: 13 miles
Exit the river on the right at a large sand bar next to the footings of the old bridge before the current Sand Ardo bridge. Follow the dry wash to the right, away from the river. Turn left when you hit a fence, and follow the fence to an opening built into it.