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California whitewater, San Joaquin River

Madera Fresno county, Redinger Dam to Kerckhoff Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     6 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in California are often tougher than in other states, so don't forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The natural beauty of California and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. The starting location is a short drive from Madera, as you can see on the road map further down. For all you camping people there are
    campgrounds nearby. This stretch of San Joaquin River in Madera/Fresno County is 6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting
or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. The beautiful Central Sierra Nevada scenery is an added bonus.  
This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of folks from Auberry come to San Joaquin River. The high level of precipitation makes San Joaquin River a quite wet site. January is the wettest month with most rain, and the driest month is July. All through the warm months at San Joaquin River highs are commonly in the 80's; the night is somewhat cooler of course, typically in the 40's. High temperatures through the wintertime are normally in the 40's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at San Joaquin River.

San Joaquin River, Redinger Dam to Kerckhoff 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, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Redinger Dam to Kerckhoff Reservoir)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 11 miles long (Kerckhoff Reservoir to Millerton Reservoir)
San Joaquin River, Fresno-Madera County, 6 miles away
      Class IV+ - 1.9 miles long (Kerchoff #1 PH to Kerchoff #2)
San Joaquin River, Fresno and Madera County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (5.2 Kerchoff #2 PH to Millerton Reservoir)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Chilkoot Campground to Bass Lake)
Willow Creek, Madera County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Greys Mt. Campground to Chilkoot Campground)
Little Dry Creek, Fresno County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Sycamore Road to Sycamore Creek)
San Joaquin River, Madera/Fresno County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Mammoth Pool Dam to Mammoth Pool Powerhouse)
San Joaquin River, Madera/ Fresno County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Dam 6 reservoir to Reddinger Reservoir)
Coarse Gold Creek, Madera County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Coarsegold to Spinelli Road)
 Ski Areas Near San Joaquin River:
Sierra Summit, California , 23 miles away, 1679 foot drop, 11 lifts, 45 runs
Badger Pass, California , 31 miles away, 540 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Mammoth Mountain, California , 43 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 27 lifts, 156 runs
June Mountain, California , 44 miles away, 2580 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Dodge Ridge, California , 66 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:
Pines Marina, Bass Lake , 11 miles away
Shaver Lake Marina, Shaver Lake , 12 miles away
Millerton Lake Marina, Friant , 15 miles away
Pine Flat Lake Marina, Piedra , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near San Joaquin River:
Elliott House Bed And Breakfa, Shaver Lake , 12 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Port Hueneme , 15 miles away
Comfort Inn Yosemite Area, Oakhurst , 15 miles away
Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn, Oakhurst , 15 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Yosemite South Gate, Oakhurst , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Joaquin River:
Redinger, Auberry, 2 miles away
Smalley Cove, Auberry, 3 miles away
Cedar Bluff Campground Sierra National Forest, Clovis, 5 miles away
 Trails Near San Joaquin River:
Bobs Flat Trail, Fresno , 18 miles away, 5.3 hiking miles, 1872 feet elevation difference
Deep Creek Trail, Fresno , 18 miles away,  8 hiking miles, 1608 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near San Joaquin River:
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park - CA , 27 miles away
Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes - CA , 56 miles away
Millerton Lake State Park, California , 17 miles away
Sierra National Forest, California , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near San Joaquin River:
Brighton Crest Country Club, Friant , 15 miles away
Ahwahnee Golf Course, Oakhurst , 18 miles away
North Curn Golf, Clovis , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near San Joaquin River
Redinger Lake, Madera , 2 miles away
Manzanita Lake, Madera , 6 miles away
Bass Lake, Madera , 8 miles away

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