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California whitewater, Kaweah River

Tulare county, North Fork Bridge to Lake Kaweah section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     4 miles
  The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. This stretch of Kaweah River in California is 4 miles long and has been rated as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter,
     there are lots of good places for that around here. Lodging is available near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend
some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip. The wild scenery of the Southern Sierra Nevada is great. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the North Fork Bridge to Lake Kaweah stretch is just one of them. The put-in location is a short drive from Visalia-Porterville, as you can see on the road map further down. The scenic  
beauty of Tulare County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great.

Briefly about the general area:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park is a very pleasant place to pop by right next door to Kaweah River, and while you're here you will meet lots of people from close by Three Rivers. Whohoo, so much fun stuff in one place! The Southern Sierra Nevada is great!. Summertime highs at Kaweah River usually tend to be in the 90's. Once the sun is down it falls down to the 60's. For the duration of the winter highs are in the 50's while Kaweah River nighttime low temperatures through the winter are in the 30's.

Kaweah River, North Fork Bridge to Lake Kaweah road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Kaweah River.
 Whitewater Near Kaweah River:
Kaweah River, Tulare County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (North Fork Bridge to Lake Kaweah)
Kaweah River, Tulare County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Dinley Bridge to North Fork Bridge)
Kaweah River, Tulare County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Above Gateway Bridge to Dinley Bridge)
Kaweah River - North Fork, Tulare County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.4 miles long (Yucca Creek to Kaweah Bridge)
Kaweah River - North Fork, Tulare County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 8 miles long (Tarbell Pocket to Yucca Creek)
Kaweah River - Middle Fork, Tulare County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 4.8 miles long (Hospital Rock)
Kings River, Fresno County, 23 miles away
      Class V - 10 miles long (Middle South Fork confluence to Garnet Dike Campground)
Kings River, Fresno County, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Garnet Dike Campground to Kirch Flat Campground)
Mill Flat Creek, Fresno County, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Forest Service Road 12S0 to Kings River)
Mill Creek, Fresno County, 27 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Squaw Valley to Wonder Valley Guest Ranch)
 Ski Areas Near Kaweah River:
Shirley Meadow, California , 47 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Sierra Summit, California , 48 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 68 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 76 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Badger Pass, California , 86 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Kaweah River:
Kaweah Marina, Lemon Cove , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Kaweah River:
Sequoia River Cabins, Three Rivers , 0 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Three Rivers , 0 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Sequoia Kings Canyon, Three Rivers , 1 miles away
The Gateway Restaurant And Lodge, Three Rivers , 2 miles away
Plantation Bed & Breakfast, Lemon Cove , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kaweah River:
Kaweah Park Resort, Three Rivers, 0 miles away
Sierra View Catfish Farm, Three Rivers, 2 miles away
Three Rivers Hideaway, Three Rivers, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Kaweah River:
Atwell Hockett Trail, Tulare , 18 miles away,  17.2 hiking miles, 3021 feet elevation difference
Hockett Meadows Trail, Tulare , 18 miles away,  20.2 hiking miles, 1421 feet elevation difference
High Sierra Trail, Tulare , 19 miles away,  76.8 hiking miles, 5185 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Kaweah River:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 3 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 64 miles away
Sequoia National Forest, California , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kaweah River:
Three Rivers Golf Course, Three Rivers , 1 miles away
Hank's Woodlake Ranch Golf Course, Woodlake , 11 miles away
Lindsay Municipal Golf, Lindsay , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Kaweah River
Lake Kaweah, Tulare , 5 miles away

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