Travelers are voting San Joaquin River as the best river near Fresno. There are 1 river near Fresno a city just 42 km from Fresno and 2 rivers near Fowler which is 44 km distant. The most popular of these are San Joaquin River near Fresno and South Fork Kings River in Fowler. You can find 222 rivers in California and 3914 rivers in the country of United States. Our members favorite in California is American River and Ohio River is the top pick in United States. Want more? Check out our map of rivers near Fresno.