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California whitewater, Kings River

Fresno county, Middle South Fork confluence to Garnet Dike Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     10 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Visalia-Porterville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The Middle South Fork confluence to Garnet Dike Campground section of Kings River in California is 10 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class V section of whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The beautiful
    Central Sierra Nevada scenery is an added bonus. The campgrounds here at Kings River are pretty good. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all
set. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. The wonderful Fresno County scenery and the playfulness  
of the water have people coming here. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Middle South Fork confluence to Garnet Dike Campground section is just one of many.

Briefly about the general area:
The trees of Cabin Creek Grove are a magnificent source of shade on hot summer days. Time spent at Sandy Cove Beach right next door to Kings River is always tremendous It's always tremendous to stop at Garlic Falls. A river like this is too good to miss. All through the summer months here at Kings River, high temperatures mostly reach the 90's; the overnight is a bit colder of course, regularly in the 60's.

Kings River, Middle South Fork confluence to Garnet Dike Campground 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 Kings River.
 Whitewater Near Kings River:
Kings River, Fresno County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Garnet Dike Campground to Kirch Flat Campground)
Kings River, Fresno County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 10 miles long (Middle South Fork confluence to Garnet Dike Campground)
Mill Flat Creek, Fresno County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Forest Service Road 12S0 to Kings River)
Kings River - North Fork, Fresno County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Balch Afterbay to confluence with Dinkey Creek)
Kings River - North Fork, Fresno County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Dinkey Creek to Main Kings Confluence)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Old mine trail to National Forest Kings confluence)
Kaweah River - North Fork, Tulare County, 14 miles away
      Class V+ - 8 miles long (Tarbell Pocket to Yucca Creek)
Kings River - Middle Fork, Fresno County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Above Wishon Reservoir)
Kings River, Fresno County, 14 miles away
      Class II(III) - 7 miles long (Kings River Powerhouse to Big Creek Cove)
Kaweah River - North Fork, Tulare County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.4 miles long (Yucca Creek to Kaweah Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Kings River:
Sierra Summit, California , 26 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 44 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 52 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Badger Pass, California , 67 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Shirley Meadow, California , 69 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
 Beaches Near Kings River:
Sandy Cove Beach, Fresno , 5 miles away
 Hotels Near Kings River:
The Gateway Restaurant And Lodge, Three Rivers , 23 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Sequoia Kings Canyon, Three Rivers , 24 miles away
Sequoia River Cabins, Three Rivers , 24 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Three Rivers , 24 miles away
Plantation Bed & Breakfast, Lemon Cove , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kings River:
Princess, Kings Canyon National Pk, 3 miles away
Cherry Gap OHV Area, Miramonte, 4 miles away
Hume Lake, Miramonte, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Kings River:
Sheep Creek Trail, Fresno , 17 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 1123 feet elevation difference
Don Cecil Trail, Fresno , 19 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 3586 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Kings River:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 23 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 42 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 37 miles away
 Lakes Near Kings River
Hume Lake, Fresno , 5 miles away
Duck Lake, Fresno , 9 miles away
Rainbow Lake, Fresno , 19 miles away

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