The Kings River
is a major river of California
. It arises in the Sierra Nevada
, in three forks. The Middle and South fork start in Kings Canyon National Park
, while the North fork starts in the John Muir Wilderness. The South fork flows in Kings Canyon: a spectacular 4000' deep glacial
valley. The forks join in the foothills of the Sierra, where the river becomes an attraction for whitewater rafting
In the foothills, the water from the river is impounded in the Pine Flat Reservoir. In the Central Valley, the river flows south of Fresno, California, where its water is diverted for agriculture. The river channel feeds into the Tulare Lake basin, which is currently dry.