Effective immediately, the public lands along the Merced River are CLOSED to all forms of public access. This closure is for public and employee safety in relation to the presence of toxic algae cyanobacteria (Microcoleus) in the Merced River. This closure will remain in effect until rescinded.
The affected recreation areas include the Merced River Campground Access Road, McCabe Flat Campground, Willow Placer Campground, Railroad Flat Campground, North Fork Primitive Camp, Cable Rock Day Use Site, and Briceburg Day Use and Put-in, and are closed to all forms of public access.
Read all about it: FAQ's for Toxic Algae Mats
Bureau of Land Management Briceburg Put-in Briceburg, CA 95345
From the city of Merced, located on U.S. Highway 99, travel 40 miles east on State Highway 140 to the town of Mariposa. Then travel another 12 miles along Highway 140 to the Briceburg Visitor Center at the Wild & Scenic Merced River.
At the entrance to the BLM, Merced River Recreation Management Area (RMA) is the Briceburg Put-In. This Day-Use Area and Boat Launch is located 12 miles east of Mariposa where Highway 140 meets the Wild & Scenic Merced River.
Just below the Briceburg Visitor Center is a parking area, restrooms, picnic area, and boat launch for whitewater river access. This gravel parking area serves as a meeting place for river trips, and a rest stop for Yosemite motorists. There is a great view of the Briceburg Suspension Bridge which was installed in 1926 and provides access to the north side of the Merced River and the BLM campgrounds downstream.
Popular activities here are gold panning/prospecting, fishing, picnicking, rafting take-out or put-in. It is a good place to meet and carpool downstream to other swimming holes in the BLM, Merced River RMA.
This site has a picnic table, raised barbeque grill, vault toilet, information kiosk, trash and recycling containers.
What You Need To Know:
Camping and campfires are not allowed anytime. Charcoal BBQ's are allowed in the provided raised metal grill during winter and spring until fire restrictions go into effect. It is best to bring your own propane BBQ or stove for cooking any time of year.
No lifeguard on duty. Swimming is dangerous any time of year, but especially during spring and early summer. The Merced River is un-damned and the flow changes dramatically from year to year and season to season. Please wear a life jacket. SWIMMING IS ONLY RECOMMENDED BELOW 700 CFS.