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South Fork Kings River - Park Boundary Run Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Kings River

South Fork Kings River - Park Boundary Run Info
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Put In:  Kings Canyon National Park Boundary
Take Out:  Boyden Cave
Difficulty:  Class IV + to VI @ 500 - 1,000 cfs , Class V to VI > 1,000 cfs , Portage
Gradient:  199 fpm
Run Length:  7.8 miles
Good Level:  500 - 1,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments:  This section is usually running half of the Kings River at Rodgers Crossing
Season Comments:  March, April, May
Primary Season:  This section of river runs in the spring, usually during normal snowmelt
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  This section of river starts with many class II/III rapids. The further down river you go the harder it gets until you are stuck portaging just about everything
Hazards:  Below mile 3 this section becomes very difficult
Water Craft:  kayak
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  No
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 for expert paddlers is at Boyden Caves. For paddlers not looking for continuous class V take out 4.5 miles upriver to take out falls .3 miles past Grizzly Creek.

Put In: From the take out continue upriver on Highway 180 to the Kings Canyon National Park border. The put in is a short hike through the woods to river level.

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