When the summer heat is here, everyone from children to adults will be looking for a place to cool off. One of the more popular places to do this is at our very own Reedley Beach on the Kings River. This area offers a wonderful sandy beach, lots of shade trees and restrooms. In addition, Cricket Hollow Park and Smith’s Ferry Park offer beautiful lawn areas, benches and bar-b-ques for gathering together near the water’s edge.
While the Kings River portrays itself as a meandering and serene waterway, it can be very dangerous. The beach area is very popular for young children, but the ever-changing sandy beach can have a very steep drop-off that can surprise even the best of swimmers. The banks of Cricket Hollow and Smith’s Ferry Parks are very steep as well and swimming is discouraged in these areas. A sudden plunge into the cold water can take your breath away and cause panic. Prolonged exposure in the cold water can result in hypothermia. You can become incapacitated to swim or rescue yourself in as little as 10 minutes in cold water. With the relentless current, swimmers who try to swim across the river will tire quickly. Keep in mind the banks of Cricket Hollow and Smith’s Ferry Parks are very steep and difficult to climb. Swimming is not allowed in these areas.
For additional boating and general water safety information, please visit:
1733 9th Street • Reedley, CA 93654
Phone: (559) 637-4200 • Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm