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California whitewater, Kaweah River - North Fork

Tulare county, Yucca Creek to Kaweah Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     6.4 miles
 
re: North Fork of the Kaweah River, you might want to mention that the BLM sites are closed, and if you trespass onto the BLM sites you can get ticketed. Boaters/swimmers etc. should not be encouraged to trespass onto private property to enter or exit the river. Says Patricia

This river smells like dirty diapers and beer. Says Joe Rafter Guy

The Yucca Creek to Kaweah Bridge section of Kaweah River - North Fork in California is
    6.4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V section. The natural beauty of California and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle.
Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The starting location is a short drive from Visalia-Porterville, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater paddling here in the Southern Sierra Nevada is a great  
experience. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often more difficult than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Three Rivers here; you can spend the day on the beach at Sandy Cove Beach.

Kaweah River - North Fork, Yucca Creek to Kaweah Bridge 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 - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Kaweah River - North Fork:
Kaweah River - North Fork, Tulare County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.4 miles long (Yucca Creek to Kaweah Bridge)
Kaweah River, Tulare County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Dinley Bridge to North Fork Bridge)
Kaweah River, Tulare County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (North Fork Bridge to Lake Kaweah)
Kaweah River - North Fork, Tulare County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 8 miles long (Tarbell Pocket to Yucca Creek)
Kaweah River, Tulare County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Above Gateway Bridge to Dinley Bridge)
Kaweah River - Middle Fork, Tulare County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 4.8 miles long (Hospital Rock)
Kings River, Fresno County, 18 miles away
      Class V - 10 miles long (Middle South Fork confluence to Garnet Dike Campground)
Kings River, Fresno County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Garnet Dike Campground to Kirch Flat Campground)
Mill Flat Creek, Fresno County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Forest Service Road 12S0 to Kings River)
Mill Creek, Fresno County, 25 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Squaw Valley to Wonder Valley Guest Ranch)
 Ski Areas Near Kaweah River - North Fork:
Sierra Summit, California , 43 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Shirley Meadow, California , 51 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 63 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 70 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Badger Pass, California , 82 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Kaweah River - North Fork:
Kaweah Marina, Lemon Cove , 10 miles away
 Beaches Near Kaweah River - North Fork:
Sandy Cove Beach, Fresno , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Kaweah River - North Fork:
The Gateway Restaurant And Lodge, Three Rivers , 5 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Sequoia Kings Canyon, Three Rivers , 5 miles away
Sequoia River Cabins, Three Rivers , 6 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Three Rivers , 6 miles away
Plantation Bed & Breakfast, Lemon Cove , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kaweah River - North Fork:
Sierra View Catfish Farm, Three Rivers, 4 miles away
Three Rivers Motel and Trailer, Three Rivers, 4 miles away
Kaweah Park Resort, Three Rivers, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Kaweah River - North Fork:
High Sierra Trail, Tulare , 16 miles away,  76.8 hiking miles, 5185 feet elevation difference
Atwell Hockett Trail, Tulare , 17 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
Sheep Creek Trail, Fresno , 18 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 1123 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Kaweah River - North Fork:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 5 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 59 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kaweah River - North Fork:
Three Rivers Golf Course, Three Rivers , 5 miles away
Hank's Woodlake Ranch Golf Course, Woodlake , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Kaweah River - North Fork
Lake Kaweah, Tulare , 9 miles away
Hume Lake, Fresno , 15 miles away
Moose Lake, Tulare , 19 miles away

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