Kaweah River Log, Dry Creek Rd. to Woodlake Airport
KAWEAH RIVER LOG, Dry Creek Rd. to Woodlake Airport (below the Dam)
by Bill Pooley
Elevation at the Put-in: 470 ft. Elevation at the Take-out: 420 ft.
Length of run: 4.8 miles
Average Gradient: 10 ft/mile
Overall rating: Class 2+
This section is a good late summer run while they are releasing from 1500
to 2500 from Lake Kaweah. The first mile is the steepest with some real
class 2 rapids. The bigger drops are all formed by old diversion dams that
have been breached. There was a low cable across the river somewhere below
McKay's Point so stay alert. Shuttle on the road to Woodlake, turn left (south)
in town and go .5 miles to the Woodlake Airport. Drive into the airport
and Park under the trees near the diversion dam.
Mile 0 Put-in
Put in at the bridge on Hwy 216 (Lemon Cove to Woodlake Hwy) where it crosses
the Kaweah River at the intersection of Dry Creek Rd. (County Road J21)
Mile 1.4 McKay's Point
Diversion Dam. PORTAGE on the right. This is where the Kaweah River
splits into the St. Johns River to the right and the Kaweah River to the left.
More water goes into the St. Johns. At 2200cfs there was some pretty good
river wide surfing 100 feet below the dam. The best surfing was on the Kaweah
River side. Take the RIGHT channel to go to Woodlake Airport. The left channel
down the Kaweah fork crosses Hwy 245 3.4 miles downstream. I presume this
channel is also runnable but you will end up a mile and a half south of the
airport. The gradient slackens up below the dam but still moves right along
at 2200 cfs.
Mile 4.7 Hwy 245 Bridge
Mile 4.8 Woodlake Airport
Take out on the right bank either above or below the final drop at an old
breached diversion dam. At high water this would be an awesome surfing wave
if the outrun didn't go blasting into the trees. Not a good place to surf.
Copyright © 1997 by Bill Pooley. All rights reserved.