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California whitewater, San Joaquin River - South Fork

Fresno Madera county, Bridge over Piute Creek to Florence Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     14 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Fresno/ Madera County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This section of San Joaquin River - South Fork in Fresno/ Madera County is 14 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V section. Whitewater paddling here in the Central Sierra Nevada is a great experience. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to
    drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so don't
forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Visalia-Porterville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so pack your camp stove. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking,  
either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
A spree to San Joaquin River - South Fork wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Hot Springs. San Joaquin River - South Fork gets a normal amount of annual rainfall. During January this area sees the most rain, and the driest month of the year is July. High temperatures at San Joaquin River - South Fork during the warm days of summer are in the 70's.

San Joaquin River - South Fork, Bridge over Piute Creek to Florence Lake 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 - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near San Joaquin River - South Fork:
San Joaquin River - South Fork, Fresno/ Madera County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 14 miles long (Bridge over Piute Creek to Florence Lake)
San Joaquin River - South Fork, Fresno/ Madera County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Florence Lake to Mono Hot Springs)
Kings River - Middle Fork, Fresno County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Above Wishon Reservoir)
Mono Creek, Fresno County, 10 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Vermillion Dam to Mono Diversion)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 18 miles away
      Class V - 3.5 miles long (Dinkey Dome to Dinkey Campgrounds)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Dinkey Creek Campgrounds to logging spur road)
Kings River - Middle Fork, Fresno County, 22 miles away
      Class V+ - 29 miles long (Dusy Branch to South Fork confluence)
Kings River, Fresno County, 22 miles away
      Class V - 10 miles long (Middle South Fork confluence to Garnet Dike Campground)
Kings River, Fresno County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Garnet Dike Campground to Kirch Flat Campground)
Kings River - North Fork, Fresno County, 23 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Balch Afterbay to confluence with Dinkey Creek)
 Ski Areas Near San Joaquin River - South Fork:
Sierra Summit, California , 19 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 24 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 33 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Badger Pass, California , 59 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Shirley Meadow, California , 87 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 91 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
 Marinas Near San Joaquin River - South Fork:
Huntington Lake Resort Marina, Lakeshore , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near San Joaquin River - South Fork:
Convict Lake Resort, Mammoth Lakes , 20 miles away
Tamarack Lodge & Resort, Mammoth Lakes , 23 miles away
The Mammoth Creek Inn, Mammoth Lakes , 23 miles away
The Sierra Nevada Resort, Mammoth Lakes , 23 miles away
Juniper Springs Resort, Mammoth Lakes , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Joaquin River - South Fork:
Lower Blayney Campground, Fresno County, 1 miles away
Pacific Crest Trail Trailcamp 857.7, Mono Hot Springs, 1 miles away
Pacific Crest Trail Trailcamp 862.6, Mono Hot Springs, 2 miles away
 Trails Near San Joaquin River - South Fork:
Red Mountain Trail, Fresno , 18 miles away,  16.8 hiking miles, 2167 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near San Joaquin River - South Fork:
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 21 miles away
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 44 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 27 miles away
 Lakes Near San Joaquin River - South Fork
Bear Twin Lakes, Fresno , 7 miles away
Lake Thomas A Edison, Fresno , 10 miles away
Chickenfoot Lake, Inyo , 13 miles away

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