US Whitewater > California > Fresno River



California whitewater, Fresno River

Madera county, Road 415 to boat ramp Close to dam at Lake Hensley section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     12 miles
  The natural beauty of Madera County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. The put-in is not too far from Madera, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California tend to be more challenging than the national average, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The Road 415 to boat ramp Close
    to dam at Lake Hensley stretch of Fresno River is 12 miles long and is a class IV-V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The Road 415 to boat ramp Close to dam at Lake Hensley section is one of many paddling
sections in this river system. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so pack your camp stove.

Briefly about
the general area:
Don't leave Fresno River without first paying a visit to Pecan Spring. Millerton Lake State Park is both tremendous and charming, and it's near Fresno River, and people from Madera love to come here. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. For the period of the summer at Fresno River temperatures are regularly in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures descend down into the 50's. Daytime highs through the wintertime are in the 40's; after the sun is down all through the wintertime temperatures at Fresno River descend into the 20's.

Fresno River, Road 415 to boat ramp Close to dam at Lake Hensley 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, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 12 miles long (Road 415 to boat ramp Close to dam at Lake Hensley)
Chowchilla River, Madera County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Road 810 to Road 800)
Coarse Gold Creek, Madera County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Coarsegold to Spinelli Road)
Fresno River, Madera County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 11 miles long (Road 600 to Road 415)
Fresno River, Madera County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Goldside Drive off road 600 to Road 600)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sunshine Adventures, Fresno County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
San Joaquin River, Fresno and Madera County, 19 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (5.2 Kerchoff #2 PH to Millerton Reservoir)
San Joaquin River, Fresno-Madera County, 19 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.9 miles long (Kerchoff #1 PH to Kerchoff #2)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 22 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Kerckhoff Reservoir to Millerton Reservoir)
Big Creek, Mariposa County, 22 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1 miles long (Chowchilla Mountain Road to South Fork Merced River)
 Ski Areas Near Fresno River:
Badger Pass, California , 29 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Sierra Summit, California , 46 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 57 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
June Mountain, California , 60 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 63 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
Bear Valley, California , 74 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 85 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 92 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
Heavenly, California , 98 miles away, 3500 foot drop, 31 lifts, 94 runs
 Marinas Near Fresno River:
Millerton Lake Marina, Friant , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Fresno River:
Americas Best Value Inn Yosemite South Gate, Oakhurst , 14 miles away
Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn, Oakhurst , 15 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Area, Oakhurst , 15 miles away
Z-TO BE DELETED - Little Valle, Mariposa , 16 miles away
Sierra Sky Ranch, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Oakhurst , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Fresno River:
Hidden View, Madera, 5 miles away
Yosemite South-coarsegold Rnch, Coarsegold, 9 miles away
Codorniz Recreation Area - Equestrian, Raymond, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Fresno River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 25 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Fresno River:
River Creek Golf Course, Ahwahnee , 12 miles away
Ahwahnee Golf Course, Oakhurst , 13 miles away
Riverpark Golf Center, Fresno , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Fresno River
Millerton Lake, Fresno , 12 miles away
Lost Lake, Fresno , 13 miles away

Copyright © Stratus-Pikpuk, Inc.
Some content, including Reach Name, Class, Coordinates, and Length, comes from American Whitewater with permission.