There's no stopping once you begin a Kaweah River trip. The river rushes through boulder-choked passageways punctuated by powerful hydraulics. Some rapids are long while others are sudden and extreme. Just remaining in the raft can represent an accomplishment on this lively run! Technical and deft maneuvering is required to successfully navigate many rapids. Consider yourself a master paddler after tackling the Kaweah!
The Kaweah's canyon is low and open. Its riverbanks are made up of private lands and homes and are largely hidden by multitudes of willow and alder saplings. The gentle rolling hills beyond the river canyon explode in greenery and the colors of wildflowers. A quick look upriver exposes the crowning peaks of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park where the Kaweah originates.
Four hours from San Francisco, and three and a half-hours from Los Angeles, the Kaweah is the most southern river All-Outdoors runs. Nearby highways include 99, 198, and 65.
The Kaweah is a free-flowing river. With no upstream dams, the river depends on snowmelt for its flows. The Kaweah begins to run when the snow begins to melt in the mountains. Flows generally peak around Memorial Day.
* Season length and flows may vary. For this year's flow predictions and real-time water levels go to the River Flows page.
Kaweah trips offer an unusual and fun meal opportunity–lunch at a restaurant along the river! Burgers, BLTs, and turkey sandwiches–you order what you want and we pick up the tab! Sit back, dry out, and enjoy a meal on the deck while the river flows by your feet.
If you have special dietary requirements, we encourage you to tell us at the time of your reservation. We will do our very best to accommodate your needs.
During normal water flows, All-Outdoors operates paddle rafts on the Kaweah. In a paddle raft, each guest and a professional guide have a paddle and navigate the river working as a coordinated team. In high water situations, we may opt to run oar-paddle combination boats (a professional guide steers the raft with oars while simultaneously calling commands to paddlers). All guests should be able to swim.
One of our specialties is creating fun and memorable whitewater rafting trips for small and large groups.
What Type of Group Trip are You Looking For?
- I'm planning a trip for my friends and myself.
- I'm planning a family rafting trip.
- I'm planning an offsite corporate outings!
- I'm planning a bachelor party!
- I'm looking for bachelorette party ideas!
- I'm organizing a family reunion!
- I'm putting together a birthday party trip!
- I'm organizing and planning a class reunion!
Our reservation specialists can help you through every step of the planning process. To learn more about our group-specific discount plans and packages, visit our Group Rafting Trips page.
To learn more about our Kaweah River rafting trips, explore our 1-Day trip options. If you want to start booking your trip now, you can call our office at (800) 247-2387 during business hours or check for available space online .