Kings River

Bird’s Eye View

A trip down the Kings River is the perfect way to turn a visit to the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests into a multi-day, multi-sport adventure extravaganza. Near Fresno and Southern California, the Kings is an excellent introductory whitewater river trip. The high volume Class III rapids are accessible for first-time rafters and plenty o’ fun for old pros too.

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Kings River Whitewater Photo Gallery


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The Kings in a Nutshell

Difficulty: Class III

Gradient: 30 ft/mi

Length: 10 miles

Season: Spring to mid-Summer

Put-in: Garnet Dike Campgroundl

Take-out: Kirch Flat Campground

Who should go: Rafters coming up from Southern California , families, big-water addicts.

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Whitewater & Scenery

Whitewate & Scenery The Banzai Run is the most popular section of the Kings River. It is easy to enjoy a day of big Class III white water and roller coaster wave trains.

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River Flows

River FlowsSpring and early Summer is the main time to go boatin’ on the Kings River. It is dependent on snowmelt from the southern Sierra Nevada mountains.

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LogisticsShuttles are pretty easy, as is camping, but for first-timers, or big groups, going with a commercial rafting outfitter will make your rafting trip much more relaxing and fun.

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Kings Video


Watch a Kings River video before you see it up close.

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Places to Eat, Places to Stay
& Things To Do

Places To EatPlaces To StayThings To Do

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Local Gear Shops

Local Gear ShopsBuy gear and other supplies for your whitewater trip on the Kings in Fresno or Online.

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