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California whitewater, Kings River

Fresno county, Kings River Powerhouse to Big Creek Cove section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II(III)     7 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Visalia-Porterville, as you can see on the road map further down. The Kings River Powerhouse to Big Creek Cove section of Kings River is 7 miles long and is a class II(III) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in California is often more difficult than elsewhere, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The beautiful scenery of Fresno
    County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. The wild scenery
of the Central Sierra Nevada is great. There's camping available near Kings River. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of  
good places. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Kings River you hit upon Lone Pine Canyon which is a tremendous site to stop by; there is a nice hiking trail close by called the Bobs Flat Trail. You'll beyond doubt wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the exciting things in the Central Sierra Nevada. On a wonderful day at Kings River you can take a hike along the Deep Creek Trail. Throughout the summer at Kings River temperatures are commonly in the 90's. Summer overnight lows sink down to the 60's.

Kings River, Kings River Powerhouse to Big Creek Cove 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, 3 miles away
      Class II(III) - 7 miles long (Kings River Powerhouse to Big Creek Cove)
Big Creek Kings River Tributary, Fresno County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Trimmer Springs Road to Kings River)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.3 miles long (Ross Creek Trail to confluence of National Forest Kings)
Big Creek Kings River Tributary, Fresno County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 5 miles long (Bridge on Forest Service Route 7 to Trimmer Springs Road)
Sycamore Creek, Fresno County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Trimmer Springs Road to Kings River)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Old mine trail to National Forest Kings confluence)
Kings River - North Fork, Fresno County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Dinkey Creek to Main Kings Confluence)
Mill Creek, Fresno County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Squaw Valley to Wonder Valley Guest Ranch)
Sycamore Creek, Fresno County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 3 miles long (Maxson Road to Trimmer Springs Road)
Kings River - North Fork, Fresno County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Balch Afterbay to confluence with Dinkey Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Kings River:
Sierra Summit, California , 19 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 , 49 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Badger Pass, California , 53 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Shirley Meadow, California , 79 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 89 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
 Marinas Near Kings River:
Pine Flat Lake Marina, Piedra , 12 miles away
Shaver Lake Marina, Shaver Lake , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Kings River:
Windsor Oaks Inn And Suites, Grayville , 16 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites DINUBA WEST, Dinuba , 23 miles away
BEST WESTERN Americana, Dinuba , 24 miles away
Hummingbird Cottage At Seven Sycamores Ranch, Ivanhoe , 28 miles away
Plantation Bed & Breakfast, Lemon Cove , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kings River:
Kirch Flat Campground, Fresno County, 4 miles away
Cats Head Campground, Fresno County, 4 miles away
Nutmeg Campground, Fresno County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Kings River:
Deep Creek Trail, Fresno , 6 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 1608 feet elevation difference
Bobs Flat Trail, Fresno , 6 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 1872 feet elevation difference
Red Mountain Trail, Fresno , 17 miles away,  16.8 hiking miles, 2167 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Kings River:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 33 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 49 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 28 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kings River:
Sherwood Forest Golf Club, Sanger , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Kings River
Pine Flat Lake, Fresno , 9 miles away
Avocado Lake, Fresno , 15 miles away
Shaver Lake, Fresno , 16 miles away

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