In what seems to be a long time ago, we opened our doors to river outfitters looking for Avon Riverboats, stout ash oars and dry bags that would stand up to the most abusive of conditions (read customers and guides). As those items were the extent of our elaborate, one page, black & white catalog that first year, we needed a name that said, this is no frills, professional, whitewater rafting equipment.
Clavey was the obvious choice.
The largest rapid (and the only class V) on the wild and scenic Tuolumne River, Clavey Falls is everything we’ve ever loved about being on the river. The camp at Clavey is awesome, with the confluence of the Clavey River (so nice and warm from its shallow decent over the hot California rocks) burbling in from the right, a slow moving pool of trout filled water to fish or swim and a fantastic hike up the banks of the Clavey to some of the Sierra’s best diving pools.
Clavey Falls itself is one of California’s great whitewater rapids. The highlight of a unbelievably great river trip on the T. Ask anyone who’s run the Tuolumne. They all have a Clavey story. And of course, if we ever opened a second location, we would simply call it: Son of Clavey.
Over the years, not so many things have changed. We now sell more stand up paddleboards, kayaks and Thule Car Racks than we ever did rafts and oars. But never has our commitment to quality, professional grade equipment for you and your family to get out on the water been stronger than it is today. And while the rest of the world might be looking for a cheaper way to build products in China, Clavey is committed to buying and selling quality products made in the USA. Not everything of course, but everything we can.