Yosemite National Park has announced that some popular recreation areas may continue to see closures into the summer as record melts from snowpack cause rivers to rise. 
Although Yosemite Valley is expected to be open, rafting, swimming and picnicking in areas along the river could be unavailable until July, a social post from the National Park said May 5
“There is still a lot of snow to melt, so there may be some periods between late April and early July when Yosemite Valley is inaccessible due to flooding,” the post said.
On Monday morning, the Merced River peaked a few inches below flood stage and below the forecasted peak. Snow surveys conducted May 1 were 231% of average for the Merced River basin and 253% of average for the Tuolumne River basin. 
“I’ve been in Yosemite for 27 years and I’ve never seen this much snow,” said park spokesman Scott Gediman.
In late April,  the National Park Service announced that rivers would close due to flooding.
Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls are flowing “very high for this time of year,” the NPS reported earlier this month.
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