l iving here OUTDOORS: WATER SPORTSAnyone 16 years and older is requiredto have a California fishing license. Con- sult California Fish and Game Depart- ment rules before heading out. HuntingThere's also enough rolling and roughcountry in Tulare County to provideampleopportunities for hunters. Mule deer, black bear, pheasant anddove are the most popular game species. The black bear season, especially, drawshunters from around the state. Wild pig hunting is also available, though most happens on private land. " There are lots of places to explore ifhunters are willing to do some travel- ing," said Mike Conely, the local gamewarden for the Department of Fish andGame. Hunting is not allowed in nationalparks. . Hunters are required to have passed asafety course, obtained a license andhave a tag for the game species they'rehunting. Most game seasons start in Sep- tember and run through fall. Check with Fish and Game for regu- lations. FISHINGContinued from page xxThis is a view of the boatdock at Lake Kaweah fromthe U. S. Army Corps ofEngineers offices. Steve R. FujimotoBy Brett Wilkisonuthor Mark Twainfamously said thatin the westernUnited States, " water was forfighting." Anotherbeverage, whiskey, " was for drinking," he said. In Tulare Coun- ty, though, whenthe temperature climbs into the 90s, as it'sprone for months at a time, water is forfun. These destinations offer getaways tocool you off. Lake KaweahOperated for water supply by the ArmyCorps of Engineers, this reservoir east ofExeter serves boaters of all types. Waterskiing, tubing and wakeboarding are allpopular. Fishermen ply the lake in smalloutboard boats and fancy bass rigs. Campers and those looking to picnic onthe lake use the house and deck boats thatare offered for rent by Dale and JoyMehrten, long- time owners of the lake'smarina. " Summer is looking good for water lev- els," said Joy Mehrten. Three ramps serve the lake, includingthe new Slickrock Recreation Area, which See KAWEAH, 30Water sports offer summertimerecreationALakeKaweah
o pens this year. Day use fee is $ 4, seasonal passis $ 30. Camping is available at Horse Creek Recre- ation Area after June; cost is $ 16 per night. Marina: 559- 597- 2526Lake Success East of Porterville, this reservoir has been keptat 50 percent capacity or below in recent yearsdue to structural concerns about its dam. It is stilla popular destination for boaters and swimmersin the early summer months. Three ramps servethe lake and fees are the same as those at LakeKaweah. Camping is available at the Tule Recre- ation Area. Kaweah RiverReady for a wild ride? Kaweah River has oneof the longest continuous whitewater sections — 6 miles long — among the Sierra Nevada's west- slope rivers. It's also one of the most technicalrivers, requiring boaters to paddle hard and sliptheir craft between boulders as if on an obstaclecourse. " It's like threading the eye of a needle," saysFrank Root, owner of Kaweah WhitewaterAdventures, one of the half- dozen companies, and the only locally- based one, offering trips onthe river. Root offers full- day trips that offer a lunch stopin Three Rivers, and half- day trips on either themore adventurous upper section or the moreplacid lower river, above its inlet into LakeKaweah. Expert kayakers also play around in the river. You'll see them starting in mid- April through thepeak season in May and June. Kaweah Whitewater Adventures: 559- 740- 8251or 800- 229- 8658. living here OUTDOORS: WATER SPORTSA man triesto hold ontohis tubewhile beingpulled by aboat at LakeKaweah. Juan VillaKAWEAHContinued from page 29Steve R. FujimotoIlya Kruglikov, from left, Olga Kruglikov, crew memberMichael Taylor, Anna Kruglikov, guide Grace Ogawa and FrankRoot go rafting down the Kaweah River with Frank Root andthe Kaweah White Water Adventures at Three Rivers in April. They embarked on a Class 3 ( starter level) rafting trip. TheKruglikovs are from the Ukraine and were on a family vaca- tion.