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California whitewater, Fresno River

Madera county, Road 600 to Road 415 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V(V+)     11 miles
  The Road 600 to Road 415 stretch of Fresno River in Madera County is 11 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V(V+) section by American Whitewater. The wonderful Madera County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Road 600 to Road 415 stretch is just one of many. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Whether
    you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so keep in mind that
many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The Central Sierra Nevada scenery is wonderful. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Madera, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Getting your paddling muscles activated and  
a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your sleeping bag.

Briefly about the general area:
French Gulch is near Fresno River and is absolutely a fine place to check out, and Fresno River is a location with many visitors from Coarsegold. Man, is there heaps of enjoyable stuff to do in the Central Sierra Nevada. The high level of rain makes Fresno River a reasonably wet location. The month with most of the rain is January, and the driest of the months is July. During the long summer days at Fresno River highs are frequently in the 80's; during summer nights temperatures are in the 50's.

Fresno River, Road 600 to Road 415 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Fresno River.
 Whitewater Near Fresno River:
Fresno River, Madera County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 11 miles long (Road 600 to Road 415)
Fresno River, Madera County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 12 miles long (Road 415 to boat ramp Close to dam at Lake Hensley)
Fresno River, Madera County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Goldside Drive off road 600 to Road 600)
Chowchilla River, Madera County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Road 810 to Road 800)
Coarse Gold Creek, Madera County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Coarsegold to Spinelli Road)
Big Creek, Mariposa County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1 miles long (Chowchilla Mountain Road to South Fork Merced River)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Chilkoot Campground to Bass Lake)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Greys Mt. Campground to Chilkoot Campground)
Merced River - South Fork, Mariposa County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.4 miles long (Snyder Gulch to Route 140 Bridge)
San Joaquin River, Fresno-Madera County, 18 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.9 miles long (Kerchoff #1 PH to Kerchoff #2)
 Ski Areas Near Fresno River:
Badger Pass, California , 21 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Sierra Summit, California , 42 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 51 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
June Mountain, California , 53 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 56 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Bear Valley, California , 69 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 79 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 86 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 91 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
 Marinas Near Fresno River:
Pines Marina, Bass Lake , 14 miles away
Millerton Lake Marina, Friant , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Fresno River:
Americas Best Value Inn Yosemite South Gate, Oakhurst , 8 miles away
Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn, Oakhurst , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Area, Oakhurst , 8 miles away
Sierra Sky Ranch, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Oakhurst , 11 miles away
Z-TO BE DELETED - Little Valle, Mariposa , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Fresno River:
Yosemite South-coarsegold Rnch, Coarsegold, 5 miles away
Sierra Meadows Country Club, Ahwahnee, 6 miles away
High Sierra RV Park, Oakhurst, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Fresno River:
Chilnualna Fall Trail, Mariposa , 17 miles away,  7 hiking miles, 2879 feet elevation difference
Hite Cove Trail, Mariposa , 19 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 1185 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Fresno River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 17 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 17 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Fresno River:
River Creek Golf Course, Ahwahnee , 4 miles away
Ahwahnee Golf Course, Oakhurst , 6 miles away
Brighton Crest Country Club, Friant , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Fresno River
Bass Lake, Madera , 16 miles away
Millerton Lake, Fresno , 17 miles away
Manzanita Lake, Madera , 17 miles away

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