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Three Rivers to Lake Kaweah Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Kaweah River

Three Rivers to Lake Kaweah Info
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Put In:  Three Rivers Bridge
Take Out:  Lake Kaweah
Difficulty:  Class II , Class III
Gradient:  20 fpm
Run Length:  4 miles
Good Level:  500 - 2,500 cfs, Optimum 1,500 cfs
Season Comments:  March, April, May
Primary Season:  This section of river runs in the spring during normal snowmelt
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Mostly class II rapids with a few class III rapids mixed in. This is a great run for beginning paddlers
Hazards:  Scout the class III rapid at mile 3.5, when the reservoir is high this rapid runs out into the lake.
Water Craft:  kayak,raft
Land Ownership:  Public
Wilderness:  No
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 233 miles (3 hours 54 minutes) Southeast of Sacramento
Shuttle Logistics: 

Take Out: Take Highway 178 east from Visalia to Lake Kaweah. Follow this road around the lake to where the river enters.

Put In: Continue east on Highway 178 to Three Rivers. Put in just downstream of the bridge.

Towns near Three Rivers to Lake Kaweah Kayaking

Angels Camp California
Bakersfield California
Groveland California
Jackson California

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