2017 Water Levels
California has received a lot of snow this winter, and water levels on all California rivers will be very high and exciting during Spring runoff (early May through late June). Our minimum age for rafting will be increased to 12-14 years old during this period. All rafters must know how to swim, be in good physical condition, and be prepared for a fun and exciting trip. Families with younger kids should wait until late June through August to raft. We are very excited that the Kings river will have good water through the end of August! Please call our office if you have questions concerning the most appropriate time for your group to raft. 1-800-431-3636
Originating high in the mountains of central California near Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park, the Kings River boasts the largest watershed of any river in the Sierra Nevada range. Un-dammed and un-spoiled, the Kings river truly is one of the most scenic rivers in the West, and provides for an excellent whitewater rafting trip experience.
A big water river without the technical difficulty of the Tuolumne or Merced, our Kings river trips are suitable for both the first timer and the advanced rafter. Later in the season, when the water level slows down, the Kings river is great for families with kids 7 and older.
For those coming from Los Angeles, the round trip drive is about 6 hours shorter than going to the American River. We are convinced that our Kings River programs are the finest rafting-camping value to be found anywhere. Join us and see for yourself what sets ZEPHYR apart.
SPECIALS & ADD-ONS
- $99 FULL DAY WITH LUNCH: A full day of rafting with lunch. Select dates only.
- 35% MID-WEEK FAMILY DISCOUNT: For 2-day trips launching on Mondays AND Thursdays, and for 1-day trips launching Monday through Friday, each youth 17 years and younger, when accompanied by an adult at full rate, rafts for 35% off the adult rate. To qualify, each child must be matched with a full paying adult. This Family Special does not apply to our 1/2 day trips, or to groups already receiving the 6 or more group discount. Family Special reservations must be made by calling our office at 1-800-431-3636.
- ADD-ONS: Add a prior-night camping and breakfast package to your 1 or 2-day trip for just $20.00/person. This would upgrade your trip to our former “Full-Service” trip. You can choose this add-on during your online reservation process, or just call our office.
Kings River Trip Options
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Our Base Camp
Our beautiful 5 acre Kings river base camp is right on the river. Our camp features flush toilets, changing rooms, sinks, mirrors, and 1 rinse off shower. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the camp, and a sandy volleyball court is only 50 feet from the river. Horseshoes, individual barbecues, and sandy riverfront campsites are also available. Our base camp is relatively close to the very scenic Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park. Our camp also easily accommodates large groups up to 72 guests plus campers.
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.
Extra Dinner/Camping Option: Want to raft for only 1/2 or 1-day, but want to stay over? An extra nights camping, our lavish dinner with wines and other beverages, our evening slide show showing YOU rafting that day, and another great breakfast the next morning, plus the full use of our base-camp, can be added onto either the 1/2 day or 1-day trips (space permitting) for an extra $50.00 per person ($40.00 for youth 12 and younger). In addition, those on a one-day trip can add the full dinner the evening prior to your trip for an extra $25.00 per person ($15.00 for youth 12 and younger). Advanced reservations are required for either option. Our dinners are normally served on Saturday, Monday, and Thursday evenings with some exceptions.