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California whitewater, San Joaquin River

Madera Fresno county, Dam 6 reservoir to Reddinger Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     8 miles
  The wonderful California scenery and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. If you're coming from Madera it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of San Joaquin River in California is 8 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class V section. When you're paddling down a
    Central Sierra Nevada river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. This is a pretty decent length
section, good for a one day paddling trip. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in California tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels  
fill up quick. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling places. The Dam 6 reservoir to Reddinger Reservoir section is one of many paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
San Joaquin River is right by the Red Mountain Trail, and there are plenty of folks from Big Creek here. Not enough hours in a day to enjoy the Central Sierra Nevada. A day on the slopes of Sierra Summit is just what you need, and dropping by Sierra National Forest is a tremendous thing to do. This river has it all.

San Joaquin River, Dam 6 reservoir to Reddinger Reservoir 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 San Joaquin River.
 Whitewater Near San Joaquin River:
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Mammoth Pool Dam to Mammoth Pool Powerhouse)
San Joaquin River, Madera/ Fresno County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Dam 6 reservoir to Reddinger Reservoir)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Redinger Dam to Kerckhoff Reservoir)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Kerckhoff Reservoir to Millerton Reservoir)
Little Dry Creek, Fresno County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Sycamore Road to Sycamore Creek)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Chilkoot Campground to Bass Lake)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Greys Mt. Campground to Chilkoot Campground)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Dinkey Creek Campgrounds to logging spur road)
San Joaquin River, Fresno-Madera County, 16 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.9 miles long (Kerchoff #1 PH to Kerchoff #2)
Dinkey Creek, Fresno County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 3.5 miles long (Dinkey Dome to Dinkey Campgrounds)
 Ski Areas Near San Joaquin River:
Sierra Summit, California , 13 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Badger Pass, California , 32 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 33 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 34 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 67 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 10 lifts, 59 runs
Bear Valley, California , 84 miles away, 1900 foot drop, 11 lifts, 67 runs
Kirkwood, California , 94 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 15 lifts, 65 runs
Sierra at Tahoe, California , 100 miles away, 2212 foot drop, 12 lifts, 46 runs
 Marinas Near San Joaquin River:
Shaver Lake Marina, Shaver Lake , 8 miles away
Huntington Lake Resort Marina, Lakeshore , 12 miles away
Pines Marina, Bass Lake , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near San Joaquin River:
Elliott House Bed And Breakfa, Shaver Lake , 8 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Port Hueneme , 8 miles away
Sierra Sky Ranch, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Oakhurst , 20 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Area, Oakhurst , 21 miles away
Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn, Oakhurst , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Joaquin River:
Fish Creek - Mammoth Pool, Big Creek, 1 miles away
Rock Creek, Big Creek, 3 miles away
Mile High Vista Campground, Madera County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near San Joaquin River:
Red Mountain Trail, Fresno , 14 miles away,  16.8 hiking miles, 2167 feet elevation difference
Deep Creek Trail, Fresno , 16 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 1608 feet elevation difference
Bobs Flat Trail, Fresno , 17 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 1872 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near San Joaquin River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 29 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 46 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 11 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 27 miles away
 Lakes Near San Joaquin River
Mammoth Pool Reservoir, Fresno , 5 miles away
Shaver Lake, Fresno , 6 miles away
Redinger Lake, Madera , 9 miles away

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