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Kings River Expeditions

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About KRE

Kings River Expeditions (KRE) is the premier whitewater rafting company on the Kings River. We offer both one-and two-day trips packed with fun, action and great service. Our guides will take you, your friends, family, and co-workers on the whitewater adventure of a lifetime.

Originating high in the Southern Sierra, the mighty Kings River is a beautiful Class 3 river, perfect for both beginning and intermediate rafters. Twin Pines Camp is home base for KRE and lies just above Pine Flat Reservoir, only an hour and a half east of Fresno.

Kings River Expeditions was the first to offer whitewater rafting trips on the Kings River back in 1972. Justin E. (JEB) Butchert started guiding the river in 1978, and still kayaks along with most trips, shooting photos and videos and enjoying the river, our guests and guides. Julie Butchert started guiding on the Kings River in 1991, and runs the KRE office. She also guides weekend trips. KRE has grown quite a bit since its early days, but chose not to expand beyond the Kings River, offering guests an experienced staff and the most unique whitewater adventure on the river.

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Why Choose KRE?

  • Family owned and operated with owners on-site (and usually on the river) on almost every trip
  • An excellent safety record and a combined 250+ years of guiding experience between the guides and owners
  • Tasty home-style meals prepared and cooked by the guides
  • Full service trips include beer, wine, ice cream sundaes, free t-shirts, and, on larger overnight trips, an evening campfire show