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South Fork Kings River - Horseshoe Bend Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Kings River

South Fork Kings River - Horseshoe Bend Info
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Put In:  Boyden Caves
Take Out:  Yucca Point
Difficulty:  Class V + , Portage
Gradient:  185 fpm
Run Length:  4.4 miles
Good Level:  800 - 1,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  This section is usually running half of the Kings River at Rodgers Crossing
Season Comments:  June, July, August
Primary Season:  This section of river runs in the summer, usually during or after peak snowmelt
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Big unrunnable, unscoutable, unportageable continuous rapids
Hazards:  Dont attempt this run unless you are crazy or are a expert kayaker
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  No but very isolated
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 248 miles (4 hours 13 minutes) Southeast of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: From Fresno drive east on Highway 180 towards Kings Canyon National Park. After crossing through Sequoia National Park the take out is about 1 mile past Kings Canyon Lodge. There is a small pull out on the left at Yucca Point Trailhead, from here hike down to the river to scout the take out.

Put In: From the take out continue up river for 4 miles to Boyden Cave.

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