National Monument Association

Wild & Scenic Rivers

For a river to be eligible as wild and scenic it must possess one or more “outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values.”

The Kings Wild and Scenic River, one of the most powerful and beautiful features in the northern portion of the monument, continues to sculpt the incredible Kings Canyon. World-class whitewater and spectacular geologic features attract visitors from around the world. During the late summer and fall, the river is very popular with fly- fishing enthusiasts. Check with the California Department of Fish and Game for special fishing regulations. For information on rafting, contact the Sierra National Forest at

The Kern Wild and Scenic River originates on the western slope of Mount Whitney. The steep descent and sheer volume of water provide outstanding, world-class whitewater and fishing opportunities. The North Fork and the South Fork of the Kern River meet at Lake Isabella.