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California whitewater, Kaweah River

Tulare county, Dinley Bridge to North Fork Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     3 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Tulare County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. If you're coming from Visalia-Porterville it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Dinley Bridge to North Fork Bridge stretch of Kaweah River in Tulare County is 3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater
    as a class III-V section. The beauty of the Southern Sierra Nevada is a great plus for this river. This is a pretty short section so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. Whitewater rafting
and kayaking in California is often tougher than elsewhere, so keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. There's camping available  
near Kaweah River. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places.

Briefly about the general area:
Kaweah River is not far at all from Three Rivers, and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park is a nice location nearby. Now, you may imagine that's plenty but there's even more enjoyable things to do here in the Southern Sierra Nevada. Summertime brings highs in the 90's to Kaweah River. During the dark hours of summer temperatures sink down into the 60's. Daytime highs during the wintertime are in the 50's; overnight lows at Kaweah River through the winter frequently sink into the 30's.

Kaweah River, Dinley Bridge to North Fork 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, 1 miles away
      Class III-V - 3 miles long (Dinley Bridge to North Fork Bridge)
Kaweah River, Tulare County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4 miles long (North Fork Bridge to Lake Kaweah)
Kaweah River, Tulare County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Above Gateway Bridge to Dinley Bridge)
Kaweah River - North Fork, Tulare County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6.4 miles long (Yucca Creek to Kaweah Bridge)
Kaweah River - North Fork, Tulare County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 8 miles long (Tarbell Pocket to Yucca Creek)
Kaweah River - Middle Fork, Tulare County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 4.8 miles long (Hospital Rock)
Kings River, Fresno County, 22 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)
Mill Creek, Fresno County, 28 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Squaw Valley to Wonder Valley Guest Ranch)
 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 , 67 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 75 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Badger Pass, California , 86 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Kaweah River:
Kaweah Marina, Lemon Cove , 8 miles away
 Beaches Near Kaweah River:
Sandy Cove Beach, Fresno , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Kaweah River:
Comfort Inn & Suites Sequoia Kings Canyon, Three Rivers , 2 miles away
Sequoia River Cabins, Three Rivers , 3 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Three Rivers , 3 miles away
The Gateway Restaurant, Three Rivers , 4 miles away
Plantation Bed Breakfast, Lemon Cove , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kaweah River:
Sierra View Catfish Farm, Three Rivers, 1 miles away
Three Rivers Motel and Trailer, Three Rivers, 1 miles away
Three Rivers Hideaway, Three Rivers, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Kaweah River:
Atwell Hockett Trail, Tulare , 15 miles away,  17.2 hiking miles, 3021 feet elevation difference
Hockett Meadows Trail, Tulare , 16 miles away,  20.2 hiking miles, 1421 feet elevation difference
High Sierra Trail, Tulare , 16 miles away,  76.8 hiking miles, 5185 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Kaweah River:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 0 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 63 miles away
Sequoia National Forest, California , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kaweah River:
Three Rivers Golf Course, Three Rivers , 2 miles away
Hank's Woodlake Ranch Golf Course, Woodlake , 14 miles away
Lindsay Municipal Golf, Lindsay , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Kaweah River
Lake Kaweah, Tulare , 8 miles away
Hume Lake, Fresno , 19 miles away
Moose Lake, Tulare , 20 miles away

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