Kings River Rafting
The Kings River has cut one of the deepest canyons in North America, as it flows westward from the crest of the Sierra Nevada, dropping more than 13,000 feet to the upper limit of Pine Flat reservoir. The combination of excellent water quality, undisturbed shorelines, and distant views of high mountains, cliffs, and hills make the scenery of the Kings unique among Sierra Nevada.
The river provides one of California's most popular whitewater boating experiences. The Kings' largely class III whitewater attracts private and commercial boaters alike. But its natural flows, unmodified by upstream dams, can challenge rafters and kayakers with Grand Canyon-style hydraulics not found on other California rivers.
The Kings also offers numerous opportunities for camping, swimming, and angling. Three developed campgrounds and several primitive camp sites provide overnight accommodations. Hikers on the Kings River National Recreation Trail enjoy abundant spring wildflowers and a view of spectacular Garlic Falls. An anglers access trail follows much of the south side of the river.