Only parts of the Kings River is reopening in time for the 4th of July holiday.
From Fourth Avenue, near Kingsburg, to Stratford in Kings County.
That’s where you can go to cool off. But as we found out, despite the limitations, the Kings River continues to be a hot spot, even at the sections where it remains closed.
At Lindy’s Landing & Campground, in Tulare County, the owners say even though the river is closed, they are still 80 percent booked on Independence Day.
The cool, inviting water is causing quite the disappointment to many.
“We came up on Sunday in hopes of the river opening,” says Gloria Begley, who is visiting from Orange County.
Begley says she and her family have been coming to Lindy’s Landing on the 4th for decades, calling it her home away from home.
So, Begley says it’s frustrating the river is still closed to recreational use.
“We’ve been here when it’s been higher and colder and faster so we’re pretty disappointed that they’re being so strict,” she expressed.
But despite the disappointment, business at Lindy’s Landing is still going strong.
“There’s a good amount of people coming in and just going to hang out and bbq and enjoy the weather out here,” says Kavin Sihota, manager, Lindy’s Landing & Campground.
Sihota says they just opened last week after being closed due to flooding.
“Thankful that the water did receded and we’re able to be open for 4th of July, so that’s a big plus,” Sihota explained.
Though other areas like Riverbend RV and Campground, in Fresno County say they have had cancellations, more than half of their campsites are booked.
And while the water may look tempting, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says don’t do it!!
“Listen to what we’re saying, heed the advice, we’re not doing this to be party poopers, we want people to have fun but we want them to be safe,” says Tony Botti, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
Violators can be cited, although warnings are usually issued first.
Tulare County cited one person who went in the water, one day after they were warned to stay out.
“It’s sad that the few reckless ones have to ruin it for the people who know how to be on the river,” says Begley.
Lindy’s Landing is still taking reservations.
Again, there is no word when Tulare or Fresno Counties will reopen their portions of the Kings River.