Photograph above by the National Park Service.



Ferguson Fire river operation to transport firefighters and their equipment across the Merced River in El Portal (Mariposa County). July 2018

Water-related fatalities are the leading cause of accidental deaths in Yosemite and the National Park Service as a whole. Yosemite had four drownings in 2016 and several more near-drownings. Hike smart: don't leave the trail.



ABC 13
Drowning fears up in US West as rivers surge with snowmelt
AP (Golden, SLC, Utah, Scott Sonner in Reno, Nevada, and Bob Moen in Cheyenne, Wyoming)
June 12, 2017.

San Jose Mercury News
Yosemite: Death by drowning risk on Merced River extra high
By Elliott Almond. Bay Area News Group. June 8, 2017.

Sierra News Online
When Someone Goes Missing In Yosemite
By Kellie Flanagan. Photograph by Virginia Lazar. August 23, 2013


Santa Maria Sun
Lost and found: The Yosemite Search and Rescue Team strives to keep hikers, campers, and even pilots safe
Article by Amy Asman. Photography by Camillia Lanham.June 24th, 2013


Perilous Preserves
By Juliana Barbassa. July 12, 2006
“Animals crossing here just don’t stand a chance.”



NPR: The California Report
California's Rivers Rage After Hefty Winter Snowpack Begins to Melt
Reporter: Penny Nelson. May 31, 2017

Environmental Educator Eyes Yosemite Roadkill
By Sasha Khohka. July 2, 2008


Yosemite Voices 5: Beauty that Kills