Kaweah River

Three Rivers, CA /

Level: Intermediate to Advanced /

Class 4-4+

Exciting Spring Rafting near Los Angeles!

Rafting on the Kaweah River offers exciting Class 4-4+ raft trips on 10 miles of snow melt water running from the majestic 12,000 foot peaks in Sequoia National Park. Previous paddling experience is preferred for Kaweah rafting trips due to the level of difficulty and non-stop action. It is best run by the intermediate and expert rafter, who are strong swimmers, in good physical condition, hardy and adventurous.

For the suitably qualified, the Kaweah River offers some of the best white water rafting in Central and Southern California. Dropping at 85 feet per mile in its first few miles, it is one of America’s steepest rivers. The scenery is good, and though there are private residences and Highway 198 alongside for much of the run, they are not obtrusive.

With Los Angeles and Southern California close-by, the Kaweah River offers a great opportunity to combine a whitewater adventure with an excursion to the majestic trees and mountains of the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. The meeting location is in the town of Three Rivers, which was founded as an idealist colony in the 1880’s. It features a fine array of eateries and galleries strung out along the Kaweah River. There are numerous campground and accommodation options in Three Rivers and nearby in Sequoia National Park.

Rafting Trips On The Kaweah River
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Meeting Location

40443 Sierra Dr (Hwy 198), Three Rivers, CA 93271

Meeting off Highway 198 – There is a sign for Kaweah Park Resort, and it is across from the Kaweah General Store (and giant bull). Make an immediate left into 40443 Sierra Drive. Follow signs to river trips/parking.

Area Information
All accommodations listed are in the Three Rivers (CA 93271) vicinity and most on SR198 (Sierra Drive). Additional accommodations are available in Visalia, and within Sequoia National Park (8 miles).

Three Rivers

Comfort Inn & Suites – 40820 Sierra Drive.  (559) 561-9000 or 800-331-2140. Pool, spa, sauna, fireplaces & Jacuzzi’s.

Best Western – Holiday Lodge – 40105 Sierra Drive. (559) 561-4119 or 888-523-9909. Heated Pool, Jacuzzi, & playground.

Buckeye Tree Lodge – 46000 Sierra Drive (6mi. NE) (559) 561-5900 River views, pool, decks & patios.

Americas Best Value Inn – Lazy J Ranch Motel – 39625 Sierra Drive. (2.5mi. NE) (559) 561-4449 Pool & pet friendly.

Gateway Lodge 45978 Sierra Drive. (6mi. NE). (559) 561-4133. Restaurant & lodge with limited rooms, cabins & a 2 br river cabin.

Lake Elowin Resort 43840 Dinely Drive.  (4mi. NE). (559) 561-3460. 1 and 2 bedroom cabins on lake, beautiful grounds.

Sequoia Village Inn – 45971 Sierra Drive. (559) 561-3652. Ten private chalet and cottage accommodations located at the entrance to Sequoia National Park

Three Rivers Village – includes multiple lodging options. Farmhouses, vacation chalets, & resorts that accommodate couples, but also larger groups of 6-10+.

Three Rivers

Kaweah Park Resort – 40457 Sierra Drive. (1 mile SW) (559) 561-4424. Hot showers, clubhouse, on the river. RV hookups, tent sites, & cabins available.

Sequioa RV Resort – 43490 North Fork Dr. (4mi N). (559) 561-4333. 21 acres, on river RV sites, no tent camping.

Lemon Cove

Lemon Cove Village RV Park – 32075 Sierra Dr. (10mi. SW). (559) 597-2346. Camping sites & RV hook-ups.

Horse Creek Campground – Lake Kaweah – 34443 Sierra Drive. (8mi. SW). (559) 597-2301 or (877) 444-6777 Army Corps of Engineers, 80 campsites.

Sierra Subs and Salads – 41717 Sierra Drive. (559) 561-4810. Healthy sandwiches, soups, wraps, and panini’s. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options. Enjoy your meal at the picnic tables overlooking the Kaweah river, inside in an air-conditioned/heated room or be prepared to-go. On Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in 2017!

Sequoia National Park – (559) 565-3341 for 24-hour recorded information. Park Staff on weekdays only 8:15 am – 4:15 pm.

Three Rivers Village – lodging, shopping, dining, events