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Description - This river includes the entire Middle and South Forks, which are largely in Kings Canyon National Park. Beginning in glacial lakes above timberline, the rivers flow through deep, steep-sided canyons, over falls and cataracts, eventually becoming an outstanding whitewater rafting river in its lower reaches in Sequoia National Forest. Geology, scenery, recreation, fish, wildlife and history are all significant aspects.

Designated Wild and Scenic Sections: From the confluence of the Middle Fork and the South Fork to the point at elevation 1,595 feet above mean sea level. The Middle Fork from its headwaters at Lake Helen to its confluence with the main stem. The South Fork from its headwaters at Lake 11599 to its confluence with the main stem.
Wild -- 65.5 miles; Recreational -- 15.5 miles; Total -- 81.0 miles.

Recreation - The river offers outstanding whitewater rafting, scenery, fishing and wildlife viewing.

Location - The Kings River is located in the southern Sierra Nevada. It runs through Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park.


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California Rivers - This section mainly describes California's designated Wild and Scenic Rivers.
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