Waterfalls, Lakes and Rivers in Yosemite

Yosemite claims some of the USA's most impressive bodies of water including Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall, Mirror Lake and the Merced River.

Tioga Road going over Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park

3 Stops on Tioga Road in Yosemite

Although just about every bend in Tioga Road reveals another awesome view, here are three stops you won't want to miss on the eastern section at Tioga Pass.

Merced River with El Capitan in the Background

Controversial Merced River Plan Finally Approved

After many years of back and forth comments, numerous plans and even court battles, Yosemite National Park is unveiling the Merced Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.

Mirror Lake.

Lakes in Yosemite National Park

Among the most beautiful natural attractions in Yosemite are its pristine lakes. Favorite include Mirror Lake, Tenaya Lake, and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

Confluence of middle and south forks of the Kings River in Kings Canyon National Park. Photo by Daniel Mayer [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Rivers Beyond Yosemite Park

Drive into the depths of the Kings River canyon or take a swim in the gently flowing Kaweah River. Rivers of the southern Sierra Nevada have a lot to offer.

Merced River with El Capitan in the Background

Rivers In Yosemite Park

In late spring and early summer, when melting snow from Sierra Nevada peaks thunders down into the valleys below, it's easy to imagine how millennia of erosion has shaped the landscape of the park today.

Yosemite Falls.

Yosemite Valley Waterfalls

In no other place in the Sierra Nevada mountains can you see so many impressive waterfalls gathered together in one spot.

Waterwheel Falls in Yosemite. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Yosemite's Less Visited Waterfalls

If you're looking for solitude, there are many more hidden waterfalls throughout the park, which are nearly as beautiful as their valley sisters.