The Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies

A welcoming venue to rent for your conference and event needs. Please contact us at 559-248-8480. 

Click here to download the River Center Rental Brochure.

Rental Contract Form

Rental Policies Agreement 

Click here for instructions on how to book your event online.

Click here for a list of our Preferred Vendors for your rental event.

Conference Room Facilities conferenceroomfixed

We have two conference rooms available that will provide a beautiful setting for your meetings, seminars or staff retreats.  Reserve the East Fresno Rotary Conference Room in the historic ranch house or the larger, sleek conference room in the Headquarters Building.  The ranch house conference room seats up to 18 guests; the headquarters conference room seats 24 at the conference table, with space for additional seating along the wall.

Services include:

  • Catering kitchen in the Peters Pavilion
  • WiFi and projection screens
  • Ample parking 
  • Clean restrooms 
  • Beautiful gardens 
  • Retreat like setting 


  • Ranch House: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Headquarters: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


  • $300 for up to 3 hours;
  • $50 per hour for each additional hour


River Center Grounds and Barn

kremeneventwebReserve the beautiful grounds or ranch house at the River Center for your own special occasion. The spacious ranch style setting offers several venues perfect for your event of up to 250 people. 

The Shade Arbor near the vineyards and wisteria walkway, spacious Kremen Outdoor Event Area, or circular lawn around the pond and magnificent camphor tree all present opportunities for an inviting outdoor event.  The ranch house is the perfect event rental venue for an elegant party.


Services Include:

  • Catering kitchen in the Peters Pavilion
  • Ranch House docent for house tours by request
  • River Store gift shop open by request 

Daytime Garden Events:

Shared public use of parking and restrooms


  • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


  • $450 flat rate, up to 3 hours;
  • $75 each additional hour, grounds
  • $100 each additional hour, barn 

Evening Garden Events:

Exclusive use of the grounds, parking, and restrooms


  • Monday-Friday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m.-10 p.m.


  • $600 flat rate, up to 3 hours;
  • $100 for each additional hour, grounds
  • $150 for each additional hour, barn 

With the Ranch House Included:

To the above rates, add:

  • Additional $150 flat rate, up to 3 hours;
  • Additional $50 hourly rate after 3 hours


Please note:

  • Evening events may require additional lighting
  • Your rental timeframe must include your event set-up and take-down
  • All rentals require a $250 cleaning/security deposit
  • The River Center is a self-service facility, meaning you are responsible for set up and tear down of your event. The renters will receive a check list at the start of their event that states all responsibilities required to get back your refundable $250 cleaning deposit. This includes ensuring the site looks as it did when you arrived. Please note that cleanup responsibilities include moving trash from cans to the dumpster in the trash enclosure.  Please plan accordingly for these cleanup responsibilities by ensuring that the designated members of your party are prepared with an appropriate change of clothing and footwear



Celebrate your special day on the beautiful grounds of the River Center. The landscape features a historic ranch house surrounded by vineyards a wisteria path, and shade arbor. The circular lawn wraps around a pond and magnificent hundred-year-old camphor tree. The Kremen Event Area features a beautiful lawn perfect for your reception and dance floor. Come and enjoy the natural beauty provided by this special venue. 

Services Include

  • Full-day use of the site beginning at 8:00 am *please note that the River Center grounds and Ranch House will be open to the public from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm 
  • 1-hour rehearsal slot prior to rental date 
  • Catering kitchen 
  • Restrooms and ample parking 
  • Cleanup time 


Click here to download the River Center Weddings Info Sheet and Map 

Flate rates: $2,000 including barn, $1,500 without barn.