- Looking down the Kings River Gorge in Kings Canyon National Park, the river winds through some of the most rugged country in California.
- At the bottom of the Kings Canyon Gorge, the North and South forks of the Kings form a more powerful river as it careens down the Sierra.
- In a wet year tributaries like Roaring Falls feed the Kings River watershed.
- As the sun sets in the canyon, the Kings continues its white water journey towards the valley below.
- As the river waters dry, lichens form creating intericate patterns on river rocks.
- Near Balch Camp, above Pine Flat Resevoir, a portion of the Kings River is funneled into pinstocks to create pressure to drive electric turbines.
- Large and smalll waterfalls line the mountainsides in the Spring of the year, flowing massive amounts of water for crops and recreation.
- Down stream the waters turn to rapids as the river is compressed into a narrow gorge sending large amounts of water downstream at incredible speeds.
- At lower and mid elevations of the Kings, large Scycamore trees grow rapidly and with their white bark make a striking contrast to the rushing water.
- At Zumwalt Meadow near the end of the California Route 180 highway, large granite mountains rise as a much gentler Kings passes by.
- With spring runnoff, Pine Flat Damn near Piedra, Calif. has a mountain of water pouring out the spillway, feeding the river below. In 2017 the heavy winter rainfall made the river poarticularly dangerous causing it to be closed for all recreation.
- Underwater grasses which are prolific in wet years mutliply rapidly and slow the river's flow and can be dangerous for swimmers.
- Intersecting the Kings River, the massive Friant-Kern Canal project transports water to the drier South Valley. The pipes at right are from old pumps that were once used to transfer water from the Kings, into the Canal.
- The recreation area of Avocado Lake, A Fresno County Park, was formed out of the gravel pits used to build Pine Flat Dam in the 1950's.
- Delicate plant life along the river is contrasted against the dark waters of late evening.
- Horses graze in the fog in the massive four mile explanse of the Kings Riverbottom outside of Sanger, California. Dense fog in winter is characteristic of this region.
- Just outside of Reedley, California, many small beaches are found where swimmers and boaters find quiet, peaceful settings.
- Probably billions of rocks of all sizes flow down the Kings each year. Smoothed by the constant pounding of the waer, they form a colorful mosiac carpet on the riverbottom.
- During dry years as in a dought, clumps of reeds grow in the riverbottom and along the shorelines of the middle Kings.
- Below Pine Flat Dam, the Cobble Weir is one of many contructed to regulate the flow into the 'finger channels' of the river. These are key to river management and irrigation.
- Between Reedley and Kingsburg California water sport enthusiasts enjoy tranquil waters for many miles.
- During drought years, dead submerged trees appear as the water level drops dramatically creating ghostly silhouettes.
- Along the riverbanks is a glimpse of a California treasure, the valley oak. These majestic trees, some over 250 years old, dot the landscape from the foothills to halfway across the valley floor.
- The trunk of a long dead submerged tree is cast against a halfmoon sky. A stark reminder of the passing of time.
- At Kelley's Beach Resort in Reedely Californaia, the high water of 2017 caused many businesses along the river to close for the month of June until the waters receded.
- The tranquil waters of a sand spit mask the danger for swimmers just yards away in the deeper, swift cold waters of early summer
- Just north of Reedley, Califorrnia, floaters in enjoy a gentle cruise down the river known as the Reedley Narrows. Surrounded by 20 foot bluffs, the river here is wooded and runs below the acrres of agriculture it feeds above.
- Near Tivy Valley, this pool shows evidence of Native American life as they made the lower Kings a primary hunting ground. Native Americans camped along the Kings and fished its waters for food.
- As other species of trees like the poplar, gain a foothold along the Kings, the slower growing valley oak struggles with the competition.
- The pilings on an old abandoned brdge, in the shadow of the new stands as a testament to the power of moving water upon what man has built.
- Near Stratford, California, on the Valley's Westside, miles of canals funnel the water of the Kings to irrigate millions of agricultural acres.
- Managing water in an arid desert-like climate means using not only managing miles of canals, but also underground pipes to divert water to the thirsty land.
- With flat land surrounding for miles in each direction, the Kings is now channeled for its last leg on its way to Tule Lake.
- The flatter the land the larger the control gates as water management is necessary to control the flow, direct water to farms and channel the river keeping it inside its banks.
- At Stratford, California the natural river ends its flow and the canals take over. From here large pumps will remove the water from the canals for the crops of Kings, Tulare and Kern counties.
- As the natural river ends, a large pool of water, a favorie spot for fishermen, forms before the river is channeled into canals for agricultural use.
- One of the main lines of the Southern Pacific Railroad transverses the river at Kingsburg, California. Along with State Route 99. It is a glimpse of history as riverboats once passed this way serving Kingburg, Laton and other farming communities.
- Looking like columns from ancient Rome, the footings for the State Route 41 Bridge near Stratford, California, stand like sentinels as the river transforms into canals.
- Outside the old town of Centerville, a dance hall and bar once known as Pearce's Park is a ruin and what buildings are left are being reclaimed by the river overgrowth.
- On the North Fork of the Kings, which takes a small portion of the Kings towards Tranquiility, Calfornia, an abandoned oil pump stands in the middle of a newly planted orchard.
- Near Lemoore, California, fields are prepared for planting as a nearby canal will irrigate the new crops. Levees like this once allow for water to be channelled and fertile land farmed on the flat, arid Westside.
- Fred Smeds was born on the Kings River and has never left. A staunch advocate for river preservation, he travels the river daily, many times cleaning up what others have left to foul the waters.
- Gordon Wolf is fourth generation riverbottom farmer. His family has farmed before river regulation and the building of Pine Flat Dam. Today Gordon leases his land as small farmers on the valley's east side struggle to stay competitive.
- Fourth of July, Goodfellow Bridge, Sanger, California - . A hord of floaters launch into the river to spend a hot day floating between Sanger and Reedley, California. Residents along the river do not like the influx, but must tolerate it.
- At low water the river reveals a new world for exploration. Families visit parks and camping locations along the Kings in the foothills for an inexpensive adventure.
- In countless coves, reed tents and encampuments, the homeless find shelter along the Kings. This couple lived in the reeds, fished for food, and panhandled at the nearby Lemoore Naval Station.
- Though discouraged, many accidents on the river are caused by alcohol. At the same time dehydration is just as dangerous in the valley heat, even if you are on the water.
- Randy MacFarland stands next to the People's Weir, the largest on the Kings. MacFarland has spent hours researching the history of the Kings River and the Valley.
- From Valley Oaks with arrow heads stuckstill stuck in them to grinding stones along the foothills, traces of Native American heritage is evident all along the Kings.
- A portion of the Kings County sportsman's club near the lower Kings River stands usuless as alkali has taken over the site, making it a ghostly reminder of the challenges of this diverse area.
- Conservationist Kent Kinney stands near the obsolete pumps of the Alta Channel of the Kings. These pumps were used to add water to the Friant-Kern Canal.
- In the summer of 2017 the Kings River fooded low lying homes hear Reedley California. A heavy winter snow pack unexpected warmer spring temperatures caused the river to rise to unsafe levels..
- Jesus Garcia of Handford frequents the Stratford pond at the end of the natural river for the good fishing. He says he spends many afternoons after work fishing along the banks.
- In what seems like peaceful waters, many memorials are posted for loved ones who have drowned or were killed along the river. A solemn reminder that danger is never far below the surface of the waters.
- In the town of Piedra the only true business left is a public Lirbrary. Nancy Spenser maintains part-time hours for residents of this small community in the foothills betow Pine Flat Dam.
- A weed covered patch of ground, surrounded by oaks is the abandoned Centerville Cemetery. Some of the graves date back to the mid1800's when Centerville was a bustling community.
- In the 1950's Pine Flat Dam changed the river. Paul Ruth remembers as a high school student watching the ceremoney as then Governor Earl Warren set off the first explosion of dynamite to prepare the hillsides.
- A swim suite top sits in the midst of a reed enclosure. River goers for years have bilt and used such places as 'make out spots.
- All along the river there are bridges adn footings of bridgegs that no longer lead to anything. Abandoned homesteads and deteriorating reminders of what once was.