There appear to be several sections of classic bedrock drops and falls on several forks of the SF Tule. Many people have talked about boating here, and a few parties have boated here. One report (see comment tab) states that there are some good big drops but that most of them are not clean and that there are many long and difficult portages on the short section that they ran.
Access and Permission to boat:All of the steep bedrock sections are within the Tule River Indian Reservation and permission must be obtained for any activities. Permits are easy to get. Any resident that you encounter is likely to be curious and will ask to see your permit.
Tribal office phone numbers are: (559) 781-4271 and (559) 784-7860. Call ahead on a weekday to get a permit to kayak on the river. The office is closed on weekends.
The Eagle Mountain Casino is on this reservation so food and entertainment is close by. There is also camping at Cholollo campground. Camping permits are obtained at the tribal office. Call ahead of time.
Put in & Take out:
The latitude and longitude coordinates given on the map tab are not accurate for put-in and take-outs, but are in the drainage to help get map searches started. Coordinates will be corrected when better information becomes available. Figure out the best put ins and take outs when you get there and comment back here.
We took out at a diversion dam near where the steep canyon comes into the open valley. We put in 2.5 miles up stream. The gradient averaged 380fpm. There are some good drops but there are some very long and labor intensive portages. Most of the bigger drops are not clean. We tried to move fast and we still were on the water for around 7 hours. Another group reported taking 6 hours.
It was easy to get a permit and everyone that saw us asked to see the permit so it is very important to get one.
Boatable flows in this reach will start in late winter, extend through spring and perhaps into early summer. There are two different USGS gauges on the river. The upper gauge is at Cholollo campground, while the lower one is near the reservation boundary.
Success Dam; Army Corp page includes flow information for the SF Tule just above Success Lake.
The SF Tule is a fairly small drainage and its headwaters near Slate Mountain are less than 9,000 feet in elevation, so it has a short run off season.
The flow ranges given below are not accurate. Numbers need to be entered or else the flows won't show up on this page. The low end is probably in the ballpark.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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