Walking the Kaweah Lake Bed

During the late summer, the fall and early winter months before the rains come again, Lake Kaweah offers some pleasant walking options in the dry lake bed. Part of the original highway route is still intact and you can walk along dirt road trails. Park at the Slick Rock Recreation Area for a $4 a day use fee ($2 for seniors, $15-30 for an annual pass), and walk across the lake bed toward the dam and boat marina for 1-5 miles. Because Lake Kaweah is a flood control lake, the Kaweah River swells with the Sierra snow melt and fills up to become the lake.

Fishing, camping and boating are also available.

Lake Kaweah © Elsah Cort

Looking back toward Slick Rock, Sequoia National Park and Moro Rock in the background
Photos © Elsah Cort

Lake Kaweah © Elsah Cort  Lake Kaweah © Elsah Cort  Lake Kaweah © Elsah Cort

About Lake Kaweah (via wikipedia.org)

Lake Kaweah is a reservoir near Lemon Cove in Tulare County, California. The lake is formed by Terminus Dam on the Kaweah River. The river originates in the Sierra Nevada mountains and drains about 560 sq mi (1,500 km2) into Lake Kaweah. From Lake Kaweah, the river flows toward the city of Visalia, splitting into the Kaweah River and St. Johns River as it flows west into the Tulare Lakebed. The lake has a capacity of 185,000 acre·ft (228,000,000 m3). A project to raise the lake 21 ft (6.4 m) was completed in 2004. The lake now impounds an additional 42,000 acre·ft (52,000,000 m3) and downstream flood protection to downstream communities and agricultural land has been increased. Because its primary purpose is flood control, Lake Kaweah is maintained at a very low level or empty for most of the year, and generally only fills between May and June. Due to the limited capacity of the reservoir, large spills of floodwater often occur after large rain storms. Water is sometimes released as quickly as possible to maintain flood-storage space in the reservoir. During floods in 1997, the reservoir filled and emptied twice because of this operation regime. Past Lake Kaweah is the small town of Three Rivers, which sits at the main entrance to Sequoia National Park.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Box 44270
34443 Sierra Drive
Lemon Cove, CA 93244-4270
Phone: (559) 597-2301

contributor: Elsah Cort from Cort Cottage Bed and Breakfast

More star-gazing in the summer night skies

Sponsored by the Sequoia Natural History Association…..

Friday, August 14 from 8:30 to 10 pm Join us to watch the Perseid Meteor Showers from the middle of Lake Kaweah near Three Rivers, California. Jupiter will be in opposition which is the best time to view the King Planet and its moons. This is a special floating astronomy trip in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy*. Cost is $20 for adults and childdren. Call 559-561-4251 to reserve a space.

Wednesday, August 19 from 8-9 pm “Splendors in the Night Sky”
Join photographer, Wally Pacholka, on a celestial visual tour of our National Parks via his dazzling night sky images! Learn how he is able to capture his beautiful photographs and ask questions that may aid you in creating your own.  Program will be held at Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/child, available at Wucksachi Lodge or by calling 550-561-4070.

Twin Lakes with the Milky Way and Jupiter
Twin Lakes with the Milky Way and Jupiter
Haleakala Galactic Rainbow Panorama Haleakala Galactic Rainbow Panorama
Haleakala Galactic Rainbow Panorama

Images © Wally Pacholka, prints for sale at www.astropics.com
Single exposure photographs, no photoshop used here.

His current project is blazing around the West’s bevy of beautiful national parks
for some late-night sky collaborations with the stars.  When people ask if these images are really, Wally answers, “Just tell them NASA has published 33 of my images which they can see on any search engine.” (use these search terms APOD, Pacholka)

*The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) is a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture and marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei.  The aim of the Year is to stimulate worldwide interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and science under the central theme “The Universe, Yours to Discover”.  IYA2009 events and activities will promote a greater appreciation of the inspirational aspects of astronomy that embody an invaluable shared resource for all nations.


Google is honoring today’s 40 year remembering
of first human feet on moon surface with this image.

Slick Rock Recreation Area Celebration this Saturday

The Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with the Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce, is having an opening celebration for the new Slick Rock Recreation Area at Lake Kaweah on July 4 from 12-4 pm.  Billed as an Old Fashioned Family Fun Day, there will be a BBQ (offered by the Village Market),  a homemade ice cream making contest (bring your favorite ice cream) and a fishing derby for children.

July 4th will be a fee free day at the Slick Rock area only.

Call the Kaweah Heritage Visitors Center at 559-597-2005
for more information, or to sign up for the competitions.


(photo from http://www.pbase.com)

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