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Get your kicks on the Kaweah! New video (7/1/11 trip)

July 27th, 2011 by Roxanne

Question: What do you get when you mix youthful energy, waterslides, flippin’ boats, surfers, and a touch of testosterone?

Answer: An adventurous day on the water with the world famous AO river guides, Brad and Scott! Add some adventurous guests and you’re raftin’ down the Class IV+ wonder that is the Kaweah.

Our new video from a Kaweah 1-Day trip on July 1, 2011 is quite a show. And the soundtrack ain’t too shabby either… Enjoy!

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Were you on this river trip? Or any Kaweah river trip? Share your experience with us and write a Kaweah River review online

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A “Fantastic” Day on the Kaweah River!

July 12th, 2011 by Roxanne

Have you experienced the amazing, superb, unreal, miraculous, outstanding, wondrous marvel that is the Kaweah River???

Yes? No? Maybe so? Well… whatever your answer, this “fantastic” (watch the video below) river has just under 17 Class IV-IV+ rapids that will amaze and astonish you.

Located just minutes outside of Sequoia National Park in the town of Three Rivers, CA, this river trip is the perfect “excuse” to explore the area and take a mini-vacation.  But you don’t have to take my word for it. Just listen to guest, Debbie in our latest footage from the Kaweah:

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Special thanks to river guide, Brad for strapping a camera to his helmet and making the Kaweah look so darn good!

Kaweah and Merced River Rafting Over for 2010

July 25th, 2010 by Malina

That’s it!  No more Kaweah, no more Merced.  We’re cleared out of the bug,  said goodbye to Dorletta and her tasty burgers for the year, and put the Merced t-shirts in storage until next year.  If you missed these rivers this year turn your attention to the trifecta of summer-long reliability that are the South and  Middle Forks of the American River, and the Tuolumne.

High Water Update: Kaweah River Ready to Rumble

June 3rd, 2010 by Malina

This just in from Corporate (you know, the office down the hall, a chat with scheduler Amy and Kaweah River manager Danny):

The powers that be are telling us that the Kaweah River snowmelt is ON and this will be the highest water weekend!  Flows jumped up 700 CFS today alone. Time for you people in the Southern portion of our fair state to head north a bit and check out the Kaweah.  Flows will probably be highest Sun-Mon (4000+ CFS?!), so call the boss, get the day off, and  go check out the madness.

Wet your whistle with a sneak peak of our Kaweah River Video.

High Water on its way…….finally??

June 2nd, 2010 by Malina

It doesn’t take a genius with a degree in meteorology or geophysics or whatever to see that this spring the weather has been WHACK!  Hail, windstorms, humidity, rain, blazing sunshine, huge puffy clouds, grey haze and freezing nights.  We’ve been seeing it all.  And the weeds are LOVING it.  Bumper crop of furry-burries, star thistle and foxtails coming your way.  (Also vet bills if your animals are anything like mine and like getting pokey things in their eyeballs this time of year.)

Anyway, given all this roller-coaster action in the heavens I hesitate to say anything concrete about water flows and temperatures, but it does indeed seem to be heating up and unless things have really gone crazy and ice has a new melting temperature, that means the snowmelt is poised to begin.  Soon.  I’ll try to keep you up-to-date on what’s going off where, but for you highwater and adrenaline junkie types this is your moment.  At least I think it is.  We have lots of snow ready to melt and rush into rivers like the Kaweah (our crew is headed down early for a little extra highwater training tomorrow because we anticipate that river rising soon), the Tuolumne, and the Merced.  Our staff in Walnut Creek will have all the deets so give them a ring!

2009 Kaweah River Rafting Season Over

June 9th, 2009 by Malina

It is as we expected–the 2009 rafting season on the Kaweah is over.   We no longer have reliable, solid rafting flows so we’re packing up and heading north to our summer stalwart rivers, the South Fork and Middle Forks of the American, and the Tuolumne.  Soon enough we will be able to add Cherry Creek to that list–we’re just waiting for the water to come down low enough (sounds counter-intuitive, I know, but high water on Cherry Creek isn’t a good thing for rafting).

So farewell Kaweah and Three Rivers Hideaway!  We’ll be back, same time next year.

Last Chance for Kaweah River Rafting 2009

June 3rd, 2009 by Malina

Based on the 2009 snowpack and current temperatures, we anticipate that this weekend, June 6-8, will be the last chance for rafting trips on the Kaweah River.  After that, flows will likely be too low for good whitewater.  HOWEVER!  There are some possible thunderstorms on the horizon that could very well extend the season by another week.  We’ll keep you posted. 

But, bottom line:  If you’re in the LA area and want a last-minute adventure close to home, check out the Kaweah while you still can!  Watch our Kaweah rafting video to see if this technical and high-speed run is for you.

AO in article on Kaweah River Rafting

February 18th, 2009 by Malina

It’s always fun for us to see our name in print…..(well, in computer screen pixels and flickering light…) so we were excited to see ourselves featured in an online article on the Kaweah River.  The Kaweah’s class IV rapids and technical hydraulics create excitement every spring and is one of our guides’ favorite springtime runs.

Check out the article at:

http://www.rundown.com/article.php?article_id=476&article_title=Weekend-Runaway:-Whitewater-Rafting

Last weekend for rafting the Kaweah River in 2008

June 19th, 2008 by Malina

It’s been a great season down there in Three Rivers with some seriously epic days and awesome whitewater, but, as they say, all good things must come to end…… so after this weekend our Kaweah guides will be rolling up their boats, packing their personal gear, and heading home before being re-deployed to other rivers like the Tuolumne and Cherry Creek for the rest of the season.  If you want to get in on the action before they break camp, better get on it because this weekend is your last chance (but if you can’t finagle it in time, don’t worry, you can get your Class IV fix on the Merced for a few more weekends, and the T all summer long).

Kaweah River still running strong . . .

June 5th, 2008 by Malina

The cycle of cool-hot-cool-hot weather we’ve had in California lately has kept our wetsuits in rotation a little longer than we expected, wool sweaters out in force, and cloudy skies fooling even veteran guides into forgetting their sunscreen.  As long as we’ve been rafting you’d think we’d know that cloud cover is no substitute for zinc oxide or avobenzene…..

Sunburns aside, one result of this funny weather is a stretched out season on the Kaweah River.  Super hot weather could render this update useless in a week, of course, but right now we think we have a good solid two weeks left.  Southern California rafters! Get a carpool together and head north!   Share gas money, get some snacks, and play 21 questions until you get to Three Rivers.  The Kaweah’s class III and IV whitewater have already given us some epic days–big surfs, tube-stands and even a flip or two.  Your group is sure to make some memories of its own . . . The Kaweah is good for that sort of thing.