Location: Kings River

Incident Date: 3/21/17

Posted by: Media Relations

Tulare County's General Services and the Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday, March 21, 2017, that the Kings River in Tulare County is closed to all recreational use due to potentially dangerous conditions. Recreational use includes swimming and boating.
The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from Pine Flat Dam, which flows into the Kings River and travels through Fresno and Tulare counties. Currently, the flow at the Kings River is 5,450 cubic feet per second.
“The Kings River is closed to recreational use due to rapid currents, a great deal of debris present, and cold water,” said Neil Pilegard, Tulare County Parks Manager. “By no means should residents attempt to enter the river. These conditions pose a great concern for public safety.”
The Kings River closures are being posted. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department will provide enforcement.