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California whitewater, Mill Creek

Fresno county, Squaw Valley to Wonder Valley Guest Ranch section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     6 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. The Squaw Valley to Wonder Valley Guest Ranch stretch of Mill Creek in California is 6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V section. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. If you're coming from Visalia-Porterville it's
    not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Whether you're
whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The beautiful scenery of California and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. Whitewater paddling here in the Central Sierra Nevada is a great experience. Not too many hotels  
nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike along the Bobs Flat Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. Lots of folks from Squaw Valley come to Mill Creek, and if you're here you can take a hike along the Deep Creek Trail. This river is always fun. It is very dry here at Mill Creek mostly. The month with most of the rain is January, and July meanwhile is the driest month. For the period of the warmest time of the year at Mill Creek highs are usually in the 90's with nighttime lows in the 60's.

Mill Creek, Squaw Valley to Wonder Valley Guest Ranch road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Mill Creek.
 Whitewater Near Mill Creek:
Mill Creek, Fresno County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Squaw Valley to Wonder Valley Guest Ranch)
Kings River, Fresno County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Pine Flat Dam to Centerville)
Sycamore Creek, Fresno County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Trimmer Springs Road to Kings River)
Sycamore Creek, Fresno County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 3 miles long (Maxson Road to Trimmer Springs Road)
Kings River, Fresno County, 9 miles away
      Class II(III) - 7 miles long (Kings River Powerhouse to Big Creek Cove)
Big Creek Kings River Tributary, Fresno County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Trimmer Springs Road to Kings River)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.3 miles long (Ross Creek Trail to confluence of National Forest Kings)
Big Creek Kings River Tributary, Fresno County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 5 miles long (Bridge on Forest Service Route 7 to Trimmer Springs Road)
Kings River - North Fork, Fresno County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Dinkey Creek to Main Kings Confluence)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Old mine trail to National Forest Kings confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Mill Creek:
Sierra Summit, California , 26 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 51 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 56 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 Mill Creek:
Pine Flat Lake Marina, Piedra , 8 miles away
Shaver Lake Marina, Shaver Lake , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Mill Creek:
Reedley Beach, Fresno , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Mill Creek:
Windsor Oaks Inn And Suites, Grayville , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites DINUBA WEST, Dinuba , 16 miles away
BEST WESTERN Americana, Dinuba , 16 miles away
Hummingbird Cottage At Seven Sycamores Ranch, Ivanhoe , 22 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn/Kingsburg, Kingsburg , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mill Creek:
Island Park, Piedra, 6 miles away
Kings Canyon Mobile Home Park, Dunlap, 6 miles away
Pine Flat County Park, Piedra, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Mill Creek:
Bobs Flat Trail, Fresno , 9 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 1872 feet elevation difference
Deep Creek Trail, Fresno , 11 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 1608 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Mill Creek:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 32 miles away
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 52 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 33 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mill Creek:
Sherwood Forest Golf Club, Sanger , 13 miles away
Ridge Creek Golf Club, Dinuba , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Mill Creek
Pine Flat Lake, Fresno , 6 miles away
Avocado Lake, Fresno , 11 miles away

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