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California whitewater, Kings River

Fresno county, Pine Flat Dam to Centerville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     12 miles
  If you're coming from Fresno it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This section of Kings River in California is 12 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The average California whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are
    less forgiving. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Pine Flat Dam to Centerville stretch is just one of them. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from
far and near. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove too. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The scenic beauty of Fresno County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.  
The river winds through the Central Sierra Nevada and you get great scenery. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Deep Creek Trail is always a wonderful adventure, and Reedley Beach is a stunning beach to stop by. If you go for the outdoors you'll go for it here in the Central Sierra Nevada. White Tank Spring is a delightful local attraction, and close by you hit upon the Bobs Flat Trail which is a fine hiking trail.

Kings River, Pine Flat Dam to Centerville 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 Kings River.
 Whitewater Near Kings River:
Kings River, Fresno County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Pine Flat Dam to Centerville)
Sycamore Creek, Fresno County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 3 miles long (Maxson Road to Trimmer Springs Road)
Little Dry Creek, Fresno County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Sycamore Road to Sycamore Creek)
Sycamore Creek, Fresno County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (Trimmer Springs Road to Kings River)
Mill Creek, Fresno County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Squaw Valley to Wonder Valley Guest Ranch)
Big Creek Kings River Tributary, Fresno County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Trimmer Springs Road to Kings River)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 6.3 miles long (Ross Creek Trail to confluence of National Forest Kings)
Big Creek Kings River Tributary, Fresno County, 16 miles away
      Class III-V - 5 miles long (Bridge on Forest Service Route 7 to Trimmer Springs Road)
Kings River, Fresno County, 18 miles away
      Class II(III) - 7 miles long (Kings River Powerhouse to Big Creek Cove)
San Joaquin River, Fresno and Madera County, 19 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (5.2 Kerchoff #2 PH to Millerton Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Kings River:
Sierra Summit, California , 30 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Badger Pass, California , 52 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 55 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 59 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Shirley Meadow, California , 83 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 87 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
 Marinas Near Kings River:
Pine Flat Lake Marina, Piedra , 4 miles away
Shaver Lake Marina, Shaver Lake , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Kings River:
Reedley Beach, Fresno , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Kings River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites DINUBA WEST, Dinuba , 13 miles away
Best Western Americana, Dinuba , 14 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Selma Kingsburg, Kingsburg , 18 miles away
Elliott House Bed And Breakfa, Shaver Lake , 19 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn/Kingsburg, Kingsburg , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kings River:
Choinumni County Park, Piedra, 4 miles away
Pine Flat County Park, Piedra, 5 miles away
River Bend Mobile Home Park, Sanger, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Kings River:
Bobs Flat Trail, Fresno , 12 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 1872 feet elevation difference
Deep Creek Trail, Fresno , 14 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 1608 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Kings River:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 40 miles away
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 48 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 23 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kings River:
Sherwood Forest Golf Club, Sanger , 4 miles away
Ridge Creek Golf Club, Dinuba , 13 miles away
Kings River Golf & Country, Kingsburg , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Kings River
Avocado Lake, Fresno , 1 miles away
Pine Flat Lake, Fresno , 6 miles away

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