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Difficulty III-V
Length 3 Miles
Flow Range 500 - 4000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago 19 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 05/24/2007 5:17 pm

River Description

The Dineley section is significantly easier than the upstream Gateway section, but it still has many busy and respectable class 4 rapids including the intimidating Suicide Falls. 

Put in: 
Dineley Bridge is one of the few legal river access points in Three Rivers.   Even so, a few locals may hassle you for launching there.   On the upstream river right side of the bridge is a county owned parcel of land.  A gated dirt road leads down towards the river.  There is only a small amount of space on the roadside to unload boats.   Once gear and boats are unloaded please drive cars back up towards the main highway and find parking areas up there. 

Alternatively a narrow road leads downstream on river right from the bridge to an SCE powerhouse.   There is very limited parking near the powerhouse and SCE allows launching in that area.

Take out:
Problematic.   You can hike up from the river at the NF Bridge but all of the roadside in that area is posted no parking.   River access seems to be tolerated at just below Lower Slicky, but it may or may not be legal.   A few businesses in this area will allow river access to boaters if you ask permission.    Parking is tolerated in the elementary school parking lot after school hours and on weekends. 

Other Information Sources:
1. The Kaweah River Page  maintained by Kaweah fanatic, Bill Pooley, has the best and most up-to-date information about the river.
2. California Creeks
3. where you can find this handy little river map.

Local Clubs:
For more information on this and other local paddling areas, please feel free to contact these local clubs:
 NEW Kayak Club,
Gold Country Paddlers.

You can get more information from California's Whitewater Community at


Rapid Descriptions

Dineley Bridge

Class - Mile - 3.3
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Dineley Rapid

Class - III Mile - 3.4
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Ender Hole

Class - II Mile - 3.5
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Stony Broke

Class - IV Mile - 3.7
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Class - III+ Mile - 4.1
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Toilet Bowl

Class - III Mile - 4.4
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Ditch Now

Class - III+ Mile - 4.7
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Suicide Falls

Class - IV Mile - 5.2
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This drop is named for the final exciting drop where boaters attempt to paddle off the center of a fan rock.   There is just enough drop and several small rocks and holes above that it is not easy to line up for a clean run.   Boaters can not come straight at it and must make last second adjustments as they come up to a horizon line and drop towards the lip.   Dropping off to either side of the rock is usually forgiven by the river, but can lead to rock impacts and recirculation danger.

Scouting is usually done on river right, so portaging tends also to be on that side.  However, at higher flows there tend to be sneak routes down the far left side and portaging may also be easier on that side. 

The Chair

Class - III+ Mile - 5.3
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A short but steep drop funnels into a deep wave hole in the river center.    The hole is big violent enough to flip rafts and cartwheel kayaks.   At some flows it is a wild play spot.   Upside down boaters usually flush very quickly and it does not hold swimmers.   However, it can be very shallow and kayakers have hit their heads or paddles on the bottom when they get flipped.   Swimmers coming into the rapid from above could fare worse.  

Conservative boaters sneak the hole on either side.   Those seeking to provide carnage entertainment charge the middle.

North Fork Kaweah

Class - Mile - 5.7
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Early in the year the NF can contribute a lot of extra water, but later flows drop way off.   It is easy to float past here without noticing that another river is entering rather than just a channel rejoining.

Upper Slickly

Class - IV Mile - 5.9
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A bedrock rapid with several chutes and ledges.

Lower Slickly

Class - 5.0 Mile - 6
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The bottom drop is a river wide sliding ledge that forms an extremely sticky reversal.   The higher the flows the more dangerous.  The usual line of weakness is on the left edge.   Scout and portage on river left as well.   

North Fork Drive Bridge

Class - Mile - 6.1
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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, though that ratio varies widely with season and rainfall.

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 Kaweah info.   The Army Corp measures and posts the raw data for Terminus Reservoir information which includes reservoir inflow and river flow at Three Rivers as well as quite a bit of other information.

You can also call (916) 653-9647 for the inflow into Terminus Reservoir.

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