For Immediate Release: May 30, 2024                          

Contact: Holly Brown, Public Affairs Specialist

Phone: (559) 565-3132


Reference Number: 8550-2410

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Urges Visitors to Avoid Dangerous River Areas

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS – As the summer season heats up, park officials advise visitors to exercise heightened caution around the park’s rivers due to hazardous conditions. Recent incidents have highlighted the dangers present in these areas. 

In the past week alone, two swift water rescues have already occurred at the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River. Park officials stress the importance of staying away from rivers, which pose significant risks, specifically due to swift water and slick granite rocks.  

Even smaller rivers that may appear calm have strong currents that can quickly overpower even the most experienced swimmers. Rocks near the river are extremely slippery, leading to accidental slips into the cold, fast-moving waters. 

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, the park recommends alternative ways to stay cool on hot days: 

Relax in the Shade: Utilize the shaded areas throughout the park. Enjoy a picnic or rest under the canopy of the majestic trees. 

Visit the Lakes: Explore designated swimming areas in nearby lakes, where the water is calmer and safer for cooling off. 

Use Cooling Towels: Bring cooling towels or bandanas, which provide a refreshing way to beat the heat when wet. 

Hydrate Frequently: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Refill reusable water bottles often at park water stations. 

“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience at Sequoia National Park,” said Deputy Chief Ranger Dave Fox. “By staying out of the rivers and maintaining a safe distance from the riverbank, visitors can prevent life-threatening accidents and ensure a fun visit for all.” 

[SOURCE: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks]