Fresno, California, US
1) Goldside Drive, off Highway 49, to Road 600 (Goldside)
||III-V (for normal flows)
Fresno RiverPhoto by Paul Martzen taken 04/10/06 @ 400-500+- at Hensley
R ABV HENLEY LAKE
400 - 3000 cfs
Put-in: From the junction of highways 41 and 49 in Oakhurst take highway 49 3 miles to
Griffin Drive at the Goldside subdivision. Turn left and go .8 of a mile till you find the river.
Griffin Drive becomes River View Drive for the last .2 of a mile. There are now more houses at
this put-in so parking and access could be a problem. Might be best to be dropped off or put-in
upstream in Oakhurst and portage the big cascades in between. Elevation about 2080 feet.
Take-out: Backtrack to Highway 49 and continue 1.1 miles north to the Raymond Rd (Grub
Gulch Rd on the some maps). Drive 2.5 miles till you see the river. There is a big turnout with a
historical marker and a trail down to the creek at this point. This is BLM property. The
road also parallels the river for about a half mile allowing you to boat several more excellent
rapids. It does force a steep hike back up to the road. There is a house right where the creek
turns away from the road, so take out far enough upstream that you don't walk through their yard.
Elevation about 1830 feet.
Season - Winter. Fresno River generally needs a pretty good sized storm system or series
of storms to bring it to good, boatable flows.
Description: The first half of this run starts out relatively flat, flowing past houses
and back yards. A few bedrock slabs form gentle play spots, and a few short, steep, congested
drops keep you alert. Watch out for a floating bridge to portage. Logs, brush hazards, or barbed
wire fences could be a problem in any year.
The start of a gorge section is marked by a long, wide, shallow, bushy and rocky rapid. You can
usually scrape through, but you may want to portage parts or most. Below this are several very
interesting rapids through a pretty gorge. A last shallow, rocky rapid signals the exit of the
gorge and the appearance of the Raymond Rd. Excellent rapids continue downstream for the short
distance the creek parallels the Road. Where the creek veers away from the road marks
the start of the excellent Fresno
Local Clubs: NEW Kayak club
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-05-18 00:36:00