Touring Kaweah country

Rapids on the main fork

Spring runoff swells the Kaweah River, sometimes creating class V rapids on the main fork.

David Zaitz

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The Kaweah River country lies about 200 miles north of Los Angeles and 275 miles south of San Francisco. Three Rivers makes a good base for exploration. For more information, contact the Three Rivers―Lemon Cove Business Association ( or 559/561-0410). There's also considerable information on the local newspaper's website

Hiking and exploring

In spring, hiking here is hard to beat. For information on the Ladybug Trail and others, stop in at Sequoia National Park's Foothills Visitor Center (8-4:30 daily; $10 per car park entry fee; or 559/565-3135). Check conditions before heading out because you'll use some narrow, unpaved roads to reach trailheads.


Kaweah White Water Adventures. Two-hour ($40) to full-day ($130) trips on Kaweah River. or 559/561-1000.


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