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California whitewater, Kings River - North Fork

Fresno county, Balch Afterbay to confluence with Dinkey Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     1.5 miles
  The natural beauty of California and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. The starting point is not too far from Visalia-Porterville, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. You might be into whitewater rafting
    or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good spots. This is a bit of a short stretch so no need to bring snacks. The beautiful Central Sierra Nevada scenery is an added bonus. The
Balch Afterbay to confluence with Dinkey Creek stretch of Kings River - North Fork in Fresno County is 1.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V section. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. 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. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're here at Kings River - North Fork, checking out Patterson Bluffs is a must. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Kings River - North Fork; Bobs Flat Trail is a wonderful local trail. Interesting geology is available here; Indian Rock is near Kings River - North Fork. There's good hiking along the Deep Creek Trail, and folks from Dunlap love to come here. At Kings River - North Fork all through the summer highs are in the 70's.

Kings River - North Fork, Balch Afterbay to confluence with Dinkey Creek 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 - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Kings River - North Fork:
Kings River - North Fork, Fresno County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Balch Afterbay to confluence with Dinkey Creek)
Kings River - North Fork, Fresno County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Dinkey Creek to Main Kings Confluence)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Old mine trail to National Forest Kings confluence)
Mill Flat Creek, Fresno County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Forest Service Road 12S0 to Kings River)
Kings River, Fresno County, 4 miles away
      Class II(III) - 7 miles long (Kings River Powerhouse to Big Creek Cove)
Kings River, Fresno County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Garnet Dike Campground to Kirch Flat Campground)
Big Creek Kings River Tributary, Fresno County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Trimmer Springs Road to Kings River)
Big Creek Kings River Tributary, Fresno County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 5 miles long (Bridge on Forest Service Route 7 to Trimmer Springs Road)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.3 miles long (Ross Creek Trail to confluence of National Forest Kings)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Dinkey Creek Campgrounds to logging spur road)
 Ski Areas Near Kings River - North Fork:
Sierra Summit, California , 19 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 41 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 48 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Badger Pass, California , 57 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Shirley Meadow, California , 76 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 92 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
 Marinas Near Kings River - North Fork:
Shaver Lake Marina, Shaver Lake , 19 miles away
Pine Flat Lake Marina, Piedra , 19 miles away
Huntington Lake Resort Marina, Lakeshore , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Kings River - North Fork:
Sandy Cove Beach, Fresno , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Kings River - North Fork:
Windsor Oaks Inn And Suites, Grayville , 23 miles away
Plantation Bed & Breakfast, Lemon Cove , 28 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites DINUBA WEST, Dinuba , 28 miles away
BEST WESTERN Americana, Dinuba , 29 miles away
The Gateway Restaurant And Lodge, Three Rivers , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kings River - North Fork:
Green Cabin Flat, Kings Canyon National Pk, 3 miles away
Gravel Flat Group, Kings Canyon National Pk, 3 miles away
Camp Four Campground, Fresno County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Kings River - North Fork:
Deep Creek Trail, Fresno , 11 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 1608 feet elevation difference
Bobs Flat Trail, Fresno , 13 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 1872 feet elevation difference
Red Mountain Trail, Fresno , 16 miles away,  16.8 hiking miles, 2167 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Kings River - North Fork:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 30 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 44 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 29 miles away
 Lakes Near Kings River - North Fork
Rainbow Lake, Fresno , 14 miles away
Hume Lake, Fresno , 15 miles away
Duck Lake, Fresno , 15 miles away

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