California Whitewater Rafting Trips near San Francisco and Lake Tahoe
Mariah Wilderness Expeditions - Coordinated by Raft California
Kings River 1-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

1 Day Kings River Whitewater Rafting Trips

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Departures: Daily, May through July, 8:00am-4:00pm

Trip Difficulty: Beginner Class II-III

Who Should Go: Novice & experienced, Ages 7-97

Type of Raft: Paddle boat, 6 paddlers plus a professional guide

Price Range:

  • Saturday & Sunday: Adult $185 | Youth: $165
  • Midweek: Adult $165 | Youth: $150
    Includes the River Use Fee


Not Included: Included:Gratuities

Available to Rent: et suits if needed, Tents, sleeping bags & pads (for campers)


Originating high in the mountains of central California near Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park, the Kings River boasts the largest watershed of any river in the Sierra Nevada range. Your 1 Day Kings River Whitewater Rafting Trip takes you through one of the most scenic rivers in the West. Undammed and unspoiled, the Kings River provides for an excellent whitewater rafting trip experience that only California’s awesome weather and scenery will offer.

The Kings River is an easy 6-hr drive from Southern California; it is a great river for first-time rafters and families, as well as experienced rafters.

If you are looking to extend your adventure after your 1 Day Kings River Whitewater Rafting Trip, please consider camping with us an extra night, either before or after your trip.If we already have a dinner or breakfast on the schedule you are welcome to join us.The additional camping and meals are for a small add-on price.

Want to raft and spend the night but don’t want to camp?The recently restored USFS riverside Ranger’s cabin is available for rent directly from the US Forest Service, and is only 1 mile from our base camp.To reserve the cabin, call 1-877-444-6777 and mention that you want information about the Camp 4 1/2 Cabin rental on the Kings River.

Call our office for the Kings River 1-Day Rafting Trip DIRECTIONS and PACKING LIST.

  • Trip Includes

    • 10 miles of river
    • One day whitewater rafting
    • One nights camping (night prior)
    • 2 meals included (breakfast and lunch)
    • Day 1

      8:00 am: Breakfast. Meet, greet, and sign in with your head guide.

      10:00 am: Trip Orientation, boat company vehicles for 30-min. drive to Put-In at Granet Dyke.

      10:45 am: Launch your boats and begin river journey.

      12:00-12:30 pm: Picnic lunch on banks of the river.

      1:00 pm: Continue down river, enter a narrow canyon with more rapids.

      3:30 pm: Take-Out; 10-min bus ride back to camp.

      4:00 pm: Back at camp you may choose to shower before leaving for home. You should be ready to order klonopin quality meds depart exhilarated and refreshed for your next destination by 4:00PM.

      The night prior you have joined us for camping on the banks of the river, either in your own tent or one of our rentals.

      A delicious breakfast starts the day, usually pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, cereal, juice, fresh coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Let us know if you have a special diet.

      By 10:00AM we gather at the picnic tables for a thorough 30-minute presentation given by your Head Guide to discuss the safety features of the trip and demonstrate paddle techniques. After, you’ll meet your own guides, board our river vehicle and drive up to the Put-In at Garnet Dyke. Here you will launch your boats and begin rafting a couple of fun and easy rapids which will get you warmed up for Bonsai Hole, a large Class III+ rapid! After that, the rapids are continuous, and the current is swift.

      Get ready for a hearty and nutritious picnic lunch on the banks of the river. Lunch includes a variety of deli meats, cheeses, breads, condiments, fruit, chips, cookies, lemonade, tea and water.

      After lunch, we re-board our boats and continue rafting through several more Class II and III rapids. The scenery is beautiful, you will see very few people on the river, and by the time we get to the take-out you feel pleasantly relaxed and ready for the next activity of the day. We load the boats onto our trailers and board the Kings vehicles for the 10-minute drive back to camp.

      Our photographer will present the slide show of the day’s rafting. In addition to purchasing photos of your trip, you may buy a souvenir t-shirt, and say farewell to the new friends you’ve made on California’s Kings River rafting trip. You should be ready to depart for your next destination by 4-4:30 P.M.

    • View River Rapids Map

    The Evening Before Your Trip!

    Camping with us the night prior to your trip is included as well as breakfast the next morning. Our beautiful 5 acre riverside base camp has sandy beaches for campsites, picnic tables and BBQ’s for preparing your own dinner the evening before your trip, and a volleyball court for off-river play. Park your car in the parking area above camp for easy access.

    If you prefer to stay closer to Fresno, or nearby, see “Area Information” under “Resources” above.