About Us
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
  • Great value on all trips with prices to accommodate a variety of budgets - from economy/student specials to full service adventures
  • Full service trips include beer, wine, ice cream sundaes, free t-shirts, and, on larger overnight trips, an evening campfire show