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California whitewater, Kaweah River

Tulare county, Above Gateway Bridge to Dinley Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     3 miles
  The natural beauty of Tulare County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Above Gateway Bridge to Dinley Bridge stretch of Kaweah River in California is 3 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V section of whitewater. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. There are plenty of other stretches in this
    river system that can be paddled as well. There are nice comfortable hotels here, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots
of paddling places. The starting point is not too far from Visalia-Porterville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California are harder than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The beautiful Southern Sierra Nevada  
scenery is an added bonus. This is a short paddling stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over.

Briefly about the general area:
Looking for a good journey? Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park is relatively near Kaweah River. Since you're here at Kaweah River why not visit Shepherd Saddle, and going for a hike along the Atwell Hockett Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. At this river you will never have a bad time. At Kaweah River you always meet someone from Three Rivers; if the weather is good, you can go for a hike along the High Sierra Trail.

Kaweah River, Above Gateway Bridge to Dinley Bridge 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 Kaweah River.
 Whitewater Near Kaweah River:
Kaweah River, Tulare County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Above Gateway Bridge to Dinley Bridge)
Kaweah River, Tulare County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Dinley Bridge to North Fork Bridge)
Kaweah River, Tulare County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (North Fork Bridge to Lake Kaweah)
Kaweah River - North Fork, Tulare County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.4 miles long (Yucca Creek to Kaweah Bridge)
Kaweah River - Middle Fork, Tulare County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 4.8 miles long (Hospital Rock)
Kaweah River - North Fork, Tulare County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 8 miles long (Tarbell Pocket to Yucca Creek)
Kings River, Fresno County, 20 miles away
      Class V - 10 miles long (Middle South Fork confluence to Garnet Dike Campground)
Kings River, Fresno County, 25 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (Garnet Dike Campground to Kirch Flat Campground)
Mill Flat Creek, Fresno County, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Forest Service Road 12S0 to Kings River)
Kings River - North Fork, Fresno County, 29 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Balch Afterbay to confluence with Dinkey Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Kaweah River:
Shirley Meadow, California , 47 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Sierra Summit, California , 47 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 66 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 74 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Badger Pass, California , 87 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Kaweah River:
Kaweah Marina, Lemon Cove , 11 miles away
 Beaches Near Kaweah River:
Sandy Cove Beach, Fresno , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Kaweah River:
The Gateway Restaurant, Three Rivers , 1 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Sequoia Kings Canyon, Three Rivers , 5 miles away
Sequoia River Cabins, Three Rivers , 5 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Three Rivers , 6 miles away
Plantation Bed Breakfast, Lemon Cove , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kaweah River:
Three Rivers Motel and Trailer, Three Rivers, 2 miles away
Sierra View Catfish Farm, Three Rivers, 3 miles away
Three Rivers Hideaway, Three Rivers, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Kaweah River:
Atwell Hockett Trail, Tulare , 13 miles away,  17.2 hiking miles, 3021 feet elevation difference
High Sierra Trail, Tulare , 13 miles away,  76.8 hiking miles, 5185 feet elevation difference
Hockett Meadows Trail, Tulare , 14 miles away,  20.2 hiking miles, 1421 feet elevation difference
Sheep Creek Trail, Fresno , 19 miles away,  6.2 hiking miles, 1123 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Kaweah River:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 3 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 61 miles away
Sequoia National Forest, California , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kaweah River:
Three Rivers Golf Course, Three Rivers , 5 miles away
Hank's Woodlake Ranch Golf Course, Woodlake , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Kaweah River
Lake Kaweah, Tulare , 11 miles away
Moose Lake, Tulare , 17 miles away
Hume Lake, Fresno , 18 miles away

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