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California whitewater, Sycamore Creek

Fresno county, Maxson Road to Trimmer Springs Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV(V)     3 miles
  The scenic beauty of Fresno County and the water flowing gracefully down Sycamore Creek beats anything. The starting point is not too far from Fresno, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. And of course,
    there are campgrounds nearby. This is a somewhat short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if
you make reservations in advance you're all set. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. This section of Sycamore Creek in Fresno County is 3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV(V) section. The Central Sierra Nevada scenery is wonderful. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots.  
The Maxson Road to Trimmer Springs Road section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Sycamore Creek without first going for a hike along the Deep Creek Trail; Sycamore Creek is not far at all from Tollhouse. All year is a good time in the Central Sierra Nevada if you adore the outdoors. Go for a hike on the Bobs Flat Trail. All through the summertime, highs generally are in the 90's at Sycamore Creek while night lows are frequently in the 60's. Daytime highs during the winter are in the 50's while Sycamore Creek night low temperatures all through the winter are in the 30's.

Sycamore Creek, Maxson Road to Trimmer Springs Road 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 Sycamore Creek.
 Whitewater Near Sycamore Creek:
Sycamore Creek, Fresno County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Trimmer Springs Road to Kings River)
Sycamore Creek, Fresno County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 3 miles long (Maxson Road to Trimmer Springs Road)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.3 miles long (Ross Creek Trail to confluence of National Forest Kings)
Big Creek Kings River Tributary, Fresno County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Trimmer Springs Road to Kings River)
Big Creek Kings River Tributary, Fresno County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 5 miles long (Bridge on Forest Service Route 7 to Trimmer Springs Road)
Little Dry Creek, Fresno County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Sycamore Road to Sycamore Creek)
Kings River, Fresno County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Pine Flat Dam to Centerville)
Kings River, Fresno County, 9 miles away
      Class II(III) - 7 miles long (Kings River Powerhouse to Big Creek Cove)
Mill Creek, Fresno County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Squaw Valley to Wonder Valley Guest Ranch)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Old mine trail to National Forest Kings confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Sycamore Creek:
Sierra Summit, California , 20 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 45 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Badger Pass, California , 48 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
June Mountain, California , 49 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Shirley Meadow, California , 84 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 84 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
 Marinas Near Sycamore Creek:
Pine Flat Lake Marina, Piedra , 7 miles away
Shaver Lake Marina, Shaver Lake , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Sycamore Creek:
Windsor Oaks Inn And Suites, Grayville , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites DINUBA WEST, Dinuba , 22 miles away
BEST WESTERN Americana, Dinuba , 22 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Port Hueneme , 26 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Fresno Clovis, Clovis , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sycamore Creek:
Trimmer Recreation Area, Piedra, 1 miles away
Island Park, Piedra, 3 miles away
Lombardo's Lakeview Resort, Sanger, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Sycamore Creek:
Bobs Flat Trail, Fresno , 1 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 1872 feet elevation difference
Deep Creek Trail, Fresno , 3 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 1608 feet elevation difference
Red Mountain Trail, Fresno , 18 miles away,  16.8 hiking miles, 2167 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Sycamore Creek:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 38 miles away
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 45 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 27 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sycamore Creek:
Sherwood Forest Golf Club, Sanger , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Sycamore Creek
Pine Flat Lake, Fresno , 5 miles away
Avocado Lake, Fresno , 11 miles away
Shaver Lake, Fresno , 12 miles away

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