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California whitewater, San Joaquin River

Fresno-Madera county, Kerchoff #1 PH to Kerchoff #2 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV+     1.9 miles
  The nature scenery of California and the water flowing gracefully down San Joaquin River will make you feel great. The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so better not forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Kerchoff #1 PH to Kerchoff #2 section is just one of many. 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. The starting point is not too far from Madera, if you're not familiar
with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Kerchoff #1 PH to Kerchoff #2 section of San Joaquin River in California is 1.9 miles long and it is classified as a class IV+ section by American Whitewater. The campgrounds here at San Joaquin River are pretty good. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots  
for that.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're here at San Joaquin River, checking out Squaw Leap is a must. Millerton Lake State Park is both wonderful and pretty, and it's next to San Joaquin River, and San Joaquin River is a spot with many visitors from Prather. This river is so great. Summertime brings highs in the 80's to San Joaquin River. Summer night lows plunge down to the 40's. Highs through the winter are ordinarily in the 40's, and overnight lows throughout the wintertime for San Joaquin River tend to be in the 20's. San Joaquin River sees pretty high levels of rain.

San Joaquin River, Kerchoff #1 PH to Kerchoff #2 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 San Joaquin River.
 Whitewater Near San Joaquin River:
San Joaquin River, Fresno-Madera County, 1 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.9 miles long (Kerchoff #1 PH to Kerchoff #2)
San Joaquin River, Fresno and Madera County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (5.2 Kerchoff #2 PH to Millerton Reservoir)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Kerckhoff Reservoir to Millerton Reservoir)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Redinger Dam to Kerckhoff Reservoir)
Coarse Gold Creek, Madera County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Coarsegold to Spinelli Road)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Chilkoot Campground to Bass Lake)
Little Dry Creek, Fresno County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Sycamore Road to Sycamore Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sunshine Adventures, Fresno County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Willow Creek, Madera County, 17 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Greys Mt. Campground to Chilkoot Campground)
Fresno River, Madera County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 12 miles long (Road 415 to boat ramp Close to dam at Lake Hensley)
 Ski Areas Near San Joaquin River:
Sierra Summit, California , 29 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Badger Pass, California , 33 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 49 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 50 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 67 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 85 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 95 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
 Marinas Near San Joaquin River:
Millerton Lake Marina, Friant , 9 miles away
Pines Marina, Bass Lake , 13 miles away
Shaver Lake Marina, Shaver Lake , 16 miles away
Pine Flat Lake Marina, Piedra , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near San Joaquin River:
Hounds Tooth Inn, Oakhurst , 15 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Area, Oakhurst , 15 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Yosemite South Gate, Oakhurst , 15 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Gateway Inn, Oakhurst , 15 miles away
Sierra Sky Ranch, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Oakhurst , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Joaquin River:
San Joaquin River Gorge - Yeh-Gub-Weh-Tuh, Prather, 0 miles away
San Joaquin River Gorge - Aholul Group, Prather, 0 miles away
Squaw Leap Horse Camp, Prather, 1 miles away
 Public Lands Near San Joaquin River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 28 miles away
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 58 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 11 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near San Joaquin River:
Brighton Crest Country Club, Friant , 8 miles away
North Curn Golf, Clovis , 14 miles away
Ahwahnee Golf Course, Oakhurst , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near San Joaquin River
Redinger Lake, Madera , 8 miles away
Manzanita Lake, Madera , 9 miles away
Millerton Lake, Fresno , 11 miles away

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