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California whitewater, San Joaquin River

Fresno and Madera county, 5.2 Kerchoff #2 PH to Millerton Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     3 miles
  The 5.2 Kerchoff #2 PH to Millerton Reservoir section of San Joaquin River in Fresno and Madera County is 3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. The wonderful Fresno and Madera County scenery and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside California you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here
    do keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The 5.2 Kerchoff #2 PH to Millerton Reservoir stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system.
This is a short paddling stretch so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. If you're coming from Madera it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. 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.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
People from Prather love to come to San Joaquin River, and San Joaquin River is close to Millerton Lake State Park which is a charming spot. San Joaquin River is a wet spot that gets a lot of rainfall. The month of January is the wettest with most of the rain; July is the month with the least moisture. Summertime highs at San Joaquin River generally tend to be in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures descend down into the 40's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 40's; winter nights come with lows in the 20's to San Joaquin River.

San Joaquin River, 5.2 Kerchoff #2 PH to Millerton Reservoir 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 and Madera County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (5.2 Kerchoff #2 PH to Millerton Reservoir)
San Joaquin River, Fresno-Madera County, 2 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.9 miles long (Kerchoff #1 PH to Kerchoff #2)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Kerckhoff Reservoir to Millerton Reservoir)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Redinger Dam to Kerckhoff Reservoir)
Coarse Gold Creek, Madera County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Coarsegold to Spinelli Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sunshine Adventures, Fresno County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Fresno River, Madera County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 12 miles long (Road 415 to boat ramp Close to dam at Lake Hensley)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Chilkoot Campground to Bass Lake)
Fresno River, Madera County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Goldside Drive off road 600 to Road 600)
Little Dry Creek, Fresno County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Sycamore Road to Sycamore Creek)
 Ski Areas Near San Joaquin River:
Sierra Summit, California , 31 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 , 51 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 52 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 , 7 miles away
Pines Marina, Bass Lake , 14 miles away
Shaver Lake Marina, Shaver Lake , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near San Joaquin River:
Hounds Tooth Inn, Oakhurst , 15 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Yosemite South Gate, Oakhurst , 15 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Fresno Clovis, Clovis , 15 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Area, Oakhurst , 15 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Yosemite Gateway Inn, Oakhurst , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Joaquin River:
Squaw Leap Horse Camp, Prather, 2 miles away
San Joaquin River Gorge - Yeh-Gub-Weh-Tuh, Prather, 2 miles away
San Joaquin River Gorge - Aholul Group, Prather, 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near San Joaquin River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 29 miles away
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 59 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 9 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near San Joaquin River:
Brighton Crest Country Club, Friant , 6 miles away
North Curn Golf, Clovis , 12 miles away
Fort Washington Golf Club, Fresno , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near San Joaquin River
Millerton Lake, Fresno , 9 miles away
Redinger Lake, Madera , 10 miles away
Manzanita Lake, Madera , 11 miles away

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