The snow pack for the 2018 season has gotten off to a slow start. As we head out of January and into February lets keep a hopeful eye on more weather coming our way in February and March.
The guides have been out getting ready for the 2017 season. We took a run yesterday on a flow of roughly 2500 cubic feet per second (cfs). Starting at the gateway restaurant our class 4 put in allows little time for warm up. Within a dozen yards of pushing out from the river bank the river descends in a tight, twisting, must-make move. We all negotiated the first few rapids with little incident, but on the Osterizer our luck changed. As we plunged over the final drop into the hole our boat was spun sideways and what followed was a several minute rodeo ride as the raft surfed the hole in the middle of the river. Finally a rope was thrown and the crew on shore was able to pull me and my boat out of the raging hole to safety. We got everything back in order and headed on down the river. We had prime flows and good lines the rest of the way down until Slicky. The river flow had been slowly increasing as we rafted down the run. It was a rainy day and the warm spring rain was melting the low elevation snow pack, causing the river to take on a slight murky look and bumping up the cfs. By the time we got to Slicky the river wide hole that is Slicky rapid was quite large. Paddling like mad we were able to blast through and drag ourselves out the other side. It was a close call, the huge hole trying its best to suck us back in for another rodeo surf. Following close behind or second raft being slightly smaller was stopped short by the powerful hydraulic and both paddlers were tossed into the mayhem. The river quickly spit Ray out and she was able to swim herself out of the flow to the shore. Jose, not wanting to abandon his raft held on and with sheer determination was able to drag his raft out of the hole and on down stream with him. We paddled out in our raft and intercepted theirs as it floated downstream. Ray jumped in and swam back to the raft as we put all the pieces back together. Another exciting day on the Kaweah river! Every trip on this amazing run is really a unique and special experience, one to be cherished. Thanks guys for and awesome day!
With an incredible snow pack for the 2017 season, we are gearing up to give you the adventure of a lifetime! Check us out on facebook.com/raftgoodtimes. Spring in Three Rivers is like a paradise getaway. The weather is warm, the hills are green and the wild flowers are starting to bloom. Don't miss out on the fun and excitement this spring.
The Kaweah River offers some of the finest whitewater in California. Dropping at an exciting 80 feet per mile the beginning of the raft run offers serious thrills. As the river approaches Lake Kaweah the rapids slowly mellow out to some extent but the thrills keep on coming. River rafting is a wonderful adventure that will stay with you for a lifetime. Combine one of our trips with a visit to Sequoia National Park and you have the perfect weekend getaway.
For the second time this year the Kaweah River was up around 20,000 cubic feet per second (cfs)! Our normal rafting flow is between 700 and 4000 cfs. In spite of the high run-off we are still gearing up for an epic summer season with whitewater rafting flows into August. For footage of the flood waters check us out on facebook. facebook.com/raftgoodtimes
Impressive snow pack levels, the likes of which we haven't seen since 1998, promising to deliver an amazing season here on the Kaweah River. The snow pack in Sequoia National Park are currently 240% of Feb 1st normal and more is on the way! Translation, we will most likely be offering great trips on the Kaweah River well into August.
Recent storms have put us on the map for the 2017 season. While the warm rain melted some of the snow, causing unseasonably high flows, the higher elevations are loading up an impressive snow pack! This means we are looking at game on for 2017!