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California whitewater, San Joaquin River - South Fork

Fresno Madera county, Florence Lake to Mono Hot Springs section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     7 miles
  The scenic beauty of Fresno/ Madera County and the water flowing gracefully down San Joaquin River - South Fork are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. This section of San Joaquin
    River - South Fork is 7 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. When you're paddling down a Central Sierra Nevada river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.
The put-in is not too far from Visalia-Porterville, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. 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. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Florence Lake to Mono Hot Springs stretch is just one of them. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots  
for that around here. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Sierra Summit is a good local ski area, and hiking along the Red Mountain Trail is magnificent fun. Yeah, come up here to the Central Sierra Nevada for a pleasant time. At San Joaquin River - South Fork during the summer highs are in the 70's while nighttime lows are regularly in the 40's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 40's, and nighttime lows at San Joaquin River - South Fork throughout the winter frequently drop into the 20's.

San Joaquin River - South Fork, Florence Lake to Mono Hot Springs 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, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Florence Lake to Mono Hot Springs)
Mono Creek, Fresno County, 4 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Vermillion Dam to Mono Diversion)
San Joaquin River - South Fork, Fresno/ Madera County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 14 miles long (Bridge over Piute Creek to Florence Lake)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 3.5 miles long (Dinkey Dome to Dinkey Campgrounds)
Kings River - Middle Fork, Fresno County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Above Wishon Reservoir)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Dinkey Creek Campgrounds to logging spur road)
San Joaquin River - Middle Fork, Madera County, 19 miles away
      Class V+ - 32.5 miles long (Devils Postpile Nat'l Monument to Mammoth Pool Reservoir)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Mammoth Pool Dam to Mammoth Pool Powerhouse)
San Joaquin River, Madera/ Fresno County, 22 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Dam 6 reservoir to Reddinger Reservoir)
Kings River - North Fork, Fresno County, 22 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 , 12 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 19 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 27 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Badger Pass, California , 50 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 83 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Shirley Meadow, California , 92 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Bear Valley, California , 98 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
 Marinas Near San Joaquin River - South Fork:
Huntington Lake Resort Marina, Lakeshore , 13 miles away
Lake Mary Marina and Store, Mammoth Lakes , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near San Joaquin River - South Fork:
Tamarack Lodge & Resort, Mammoth Lakes , 18 miles away
Juniper Springs Resort, Mammoth Lakes , 18 miles away
The Mammoth Creek Inn, Mammoth Lakes , 19 miles away
Convict Lake Resort, Mammoth Lakes , 19 miles away
The Sierra Nevada Resort, Mammoth Lakes , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Joaquin River - South Fork:
Ward Lake Campground, Fresno County, 1 miles away
Florence Lake Campground, Fresno County, 2 miles away
Jackass Meadow - Sierra National Forest, Clovis, 2 miles away
 Trails Near San Joaquin River - South Fork:
Red Mountain Trail, Fresno , 12 miles away,  16.8 hiking miles, 2167 feet elevation difference
Sherwin Lakes Trail, Mono , 17 miles away,  3.4 hiking miles, 954 feet elevation difference
Mammoth Rock Trail, Mono , 18 miles away, 2.8 hiking miles, 1224 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near San Joaquin River - South Fork:
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 23 miles away
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 48 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near San Joaquin River - South Fork:
Sierra Star Golf Course, Mammoth Lakes , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near San Joaquin River - South Fork
Lake Thomas A Edison, Fresno , 4 miles away
Bear Twin Lakes, Fresno , 8 miles away
Rainbow Lake, Fresno , 10 miles away

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