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Difficulty IV-V
Length 3 Miles
Flow Range 500 - 3000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago 20 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/12/2008 12:38 am

River Description

The Park Boundary/Gateway section of the Kaweah is a wonderfully  busy river.   The rapids are long, steep, steady and bouldery.   Boaters stepping up into class 5 rivers will find no better learning ground than the Kaweah. 



Put in:

Gateway Bridge was the traditional put-in, but because of concerns by the downstream land owner, the limited parking along the road has been posted for no parking.  Creative kayakers still find ways of launching here at times, but there are other options a short ways downstream.  You can also drive upstream to Southern CA Edison Road, or into the National Park, but the rapids upstream of Gateway are a bit more difficult and may require one portage.


Take out:

Dinely Bridge is


Here is a video of the Park Boundary section as well as two rapids in the Gateway section (The Chute and Powerhouse).  The video gives each rapid in order from top to bottom.  The missing rapids are class II-III in nature.  




The following video features sections of the Park Boundary, Gateway, Dinley, and Lake run of the Kaweah.  It was shot and edited by Daniel Lundburg.


Other Information Sources:

See Bill Pooley's Kaweah River Page for a huge assortment of resources and information about the Kaweah River.





Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

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Dreamflows' gauge for the Kaweah River at Three Rivers, courtesy of  The actual flow at the put-in is typically about two-thirds this figure, but the ratio can vary widely depending on season and weather.

Expect peak water in late May.






Kaweah River Page additional flow resources

Postaflow reports at Dinely Bridge from boaters who have looked at the visual gauge on Dinely Bridge

Postaflow yourself   after you look at the visual gauge at Dinely Bridge

If a real time look at the river is what you want, Bill Pooley's river-cam is what you're looking for.

Also check CDEC for  Terminus Reservoir information which includes reservoir inflow,  river flow at Three Rivers, and quite a bit of other information.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

Date Flow Result Factor  
2010-06-21 n/a Fatality Other Read More




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