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California whitewater, Kaweah River - Middle Fork

Tulare county, Hospital Rock section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     4.8 miles
  The nature scenery of Tulare County and the water flowing gracefully down Kaweah River - Middle Fork attract people from near and far. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river
    system, the Hospital Rock stretch is just one of many. This stretch of Kaweah River - Middle Fork in Tulare County is 4.8 miles long and is a class V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. A bit of exercise
and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The river winds through the Southern Sierra Nevada and you get great scenery. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Visalia-Porterville,  
there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a good hiking trail in close proximity to Kaweah River - Middle Fork called the Atwell Hockett Trail, and no need to travel far to stop by interesting stuff like Tunnel Rock. You just can't imagine the amount of outdoors exciting stuff the Southern Sierra Nevada has to offer. There are plenty of folks from Sequoia National Park here at Kaweah River - Middle Fork.

Kaweah River - Middle Fork, Hospital Rock 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 - Middle Fork.
 Whitewater Near Kaweah River - Middle Fork:
Kaweah River, Tulare County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Above Gateway Bridge to Dinley Bridge)
Kaweah River - Middle Fork, Tulare County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 4.8 miles long (Hospital Rock)
Kaweah River, Tulare County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Dinley Bridge to North Fork Bridge)
Kaweah River - North Fork, Tulare County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.4 miles long (Yucca Creek to Kaweah Bridge)
Kaweah River, Tulare County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (North Fork Bridge to Lake Kaweah)
Kaweah River - North Fork, Tulare County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 8 miles long (Tarbell Pocket to Yucca Creek)
Kings River, Fresno County, 19 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)
Kern River, Tulare County, 27 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 37 miles long (Junction Meadow to Forks of Kern)
Mill Flat Creek, Fresno County, 27 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Forest Service Road 12S0 to Kings River)
 Ski Areas Near Kaweah River - Middle Fork:
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 , 65 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 73 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Badger Pass, California , 88 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Kaweah River - Middle Fork:
Kaweah Marina, Lemon Cove , 15 miles away
 Beaches Near Kaweah River - Middle Fork:
Sandy Cove Beach, Fresno , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Kaweah River - Middle Fork:
The Gateway Restaurant And Lodge, Three Rivers , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Sequoia Kings Canyon, Three Rivers , 9 miles away
Sequoia River Cabins, Three Rivers , 9 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Three Rivers , 9 miles away
Plantation Bed & Breakfast, Lemon Cove , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kaweah River - Middle Fork:
Sequoia National Park - Potwisha, Sequoia National Park, 1 miles away
Potwisha Campground, Tulare County, 1 miles away
Sequoia National Park - Buckeye Flat, Sequoia National Park, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Kaweah River - Middle Fork:
High Sierra Trail, Tulare , 9 miles away,  76.8 hiking miles, 5185 feet elevation difference
Atwell Hockett Trail, Tulare , 10 miles away,  17.2 hiking miles, 3021 feet elevation difference
Hockett Meadows Trail, Tulare , 11 miles away,  20.2 hiking miles, 1421 feet elevation difference
Sheep Creek Trail, Fresno , 16 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 1123 feet elevation difference
Sawtooth Pass Trail, Tulare , 17 miles away,  20.4 hiking miles, 4737 feet elevation difference
Don Cecil Trail, Fresno , 18 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 3586 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Kaweah River - Middle Fork:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 7 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 59 miles away
Sequoia National Forest, California , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kaweah River - Middle Fork:
Three Rivers Golf Course, Three Rivers , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Kaweah River - Middle Fork
Moose Lake, Tulare , 13 miles away
Lake Kaweah, Tulare , 14 miles away
Tamarack Lake, Tulare , 17 miles away

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