Mountain And River Adventures – Kern River Rafting and Adventures

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Rafting on the Kern River

Welcome to Mountain and River Adventures!
Kern River rafting located only three hours from Los Angeles, we are Southern California’s best river experience. Our private campground is right on the Kern River and has all of your favorite family camping amenities. Looking for something to do? We have activities for the whole family! Whether you are excited about rafting on the world famous Kern River, cruising the trails on a mountain bike, or just joining us for a quiet weekend of camping and relaxing we welcome you to Mountain and River Adventures.

We also offer team building courses, kayaking eco-tours of Lake Isabella and a full service campground along the shores of the Kern River. Call 800-861-6553 to reserve your adventure today!

The Kern River

White Water Rafting Near Los Angeles

The Wild and Scenic Kern River springs from the high Sierra Nevada Mountains near Mount Whitney and flows southwest through the Sequoia National Forest toward Bakersfield, California. The Kern River offers many types of rafting tours depending on the time of year and the challenges/relaxation desired.

Choose from hour-long beginner rafting trips or multi-day family trips. For beginners or intermediate rafters, we recommend one of the easier runs on the Lower Kern River. The Forks of the Kern, the Upper Kern River, and the Thunder Run stretches are early to mid-season trips depending on the spring snowmelt and can provide class IV and class V challenges for more experienced white water rafters. The Upper Kern one day trip offers almost 20 miles of Class III and IV white water to choose from and is our primary early season trip offering, while our Lower Kern river trips offer nearly 18 miles of white water later in the summer.

Book your Kern River Rafting Tour Today!

Join us in quaint, charming Kernville, California and let MRA help you “Adventure, Relax and Enjoy” in our outdoor playground! To learn more about our exciting Kern River Rafting trips download our brochure or explore our website. Call 800-861-6553 to reserve your Kern River rafting trip or learn more about making reservations.

We look forward to your visit to our forest and the scenic Kern River!

Let’s paddle together,

John and Rhonda Stallone

Rafting the Kern

Rafting the Kern River!

The Kern River located only 3 hours from Los Angeles, it is also has some of the best white water rafting in the country. At Mountain and River Adventures we have been commercially rafting the Kern River for over 30 years, and know it well. Whether you are a beginner, or a seasoned expert we have something for you. Low or High Water we are going to have a great time!  At Mountain and River Adventures we offer guided and non guided services for basically every outdoor activity. So, if you are looking for adventure you should start here. Give us a call at 800-861-6553 to reserve your kern river rafting adventure, or book online!

For more information on our Kern River Rafting Trips Click on the photos below:

Class III rapids are the lowest rated white water trip we offer. Great for Beginners and Families looking to have a great day of rafting on the Kern River and get a little wet!

Lower Kern Class III & IV Rafting

The Lower Kern offers some of the best white water rafting around! Great Pool Drop style class IV rapids leave for a very exciting day of white-water!

The Upper Kern is free flowing from the Sierra’s, which means that all of the water comes from snow melt! Which is why when the Sierra’s get snow we get excited!

The Forks of the Kern are truly a wilderness adventure! While on these multi-day trips you will experience nature in its true beauty! It also offers some of the most exciting white water in the country!

Why Raft With Us?

Great Adventure stories are made from rafting on the Kern River! Enjoy huge granite boulders reflecting the hot sun and cool white water that washes fun over you with each wave. People who are attracted to meeting challenges, working together, laughing out loud, and enjoying the true spirit of nature, are all attracted to rafting the Kern and our guides. Choosing the right outfitter and trip is about bringing out the best in you. We will help you be right-on about your skill level, determination, and how much adventure you want in order to maximize fun and exceed your highest expectations. Look over your choices below, give us a call to chat about details, and just relax – we will help you make the best choice.

Whether you are a beginner looking to “get your feet wet,” or an experienced rafter with a daring spirit, the wild and scenic Kern River and Mountain & River Adventures has just the rafting trip for you. There are hour-long beginner trips for all ages 5 and up, multi-day family trips, and advanced sections for the experienced rafter. If you have a thirst for thrills, we can quench that thirst with a sip or a gulp! Find out which river trip is for you on our frequently asked questions page.

Check Kern River flow rates here.

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Lower Kern Overnight Rafting Trip

2 Day Class III-IV Rafting

Join us on the Lower Kern overnight rafting trip for some of the best rafting/camping trips around. On this trip you will experience the full length of the commercially raftable section of the Lower Kern below Lake Isabella Dam to the Democrat take out 30 miles downstream. Day 1 starts at our Rafting center located on the Upper Kern in Kernville, California. Here, we will outfit you with everything you need and load your overnight gear on a trailer to be hauled down to our lower camp, where it will be waiting for you when we arrive.

Jump Rock on the Lower KernDay 1 Rafting

The first day’s rapids are all class III, and offer a great opportunity to feel comfortable in the boat and as a team. You can always stop to have a little fun on Jump Rock! Enjoy lunch on the side of the river where we will provide you with a fantastic deli spread.


Depending on Water Levels we may have you take a swim test at the Kernville Town Park. This is a great place to see what it feels like to take a swim in the river. Listen to your guides and swim hard. Most people that take the swim test say the feel more comfortable afterwards.


After lunch and a bit further downstream you will float right up to our amazing camp on the Lower Kern. At camp your guides become the host, they will really show you the ropes on how to set up camp, and get comfortable. Feeling adventurous? Sleep under the stars, we provide you with top of the line paco pads to make your rest as comfortable as it can be.

Relax, while your guides prepare you a gourmet 4 course meal. If you have any special requests/needs please make sure and notify our staff at time of booking we are happy to accomodate. Sit down for dinner like a family, you know the food is good when everyone is full and there are no left overs on the plate.

Day 2

Sleep well, because tomorrow is going to be an action packed class IV day on the river. It is important that you developed a great team on day 1 because teamwork is required to navigate these rapids. The rapids you will encounter downstream include:

  • White Maidens – Class IV
  • Sun Down – Class IV
  • False Flush – Class IV
  • Royal Flush – Class VI (Portage)
  • Surprise – Class IV
  • Hairy Carey – Class IV
  • Horseshoe – Class IV
  • Eat Rocks and Bleed – Class IV
  • Pin-Ball – Class IV

“Arguably one of the best rafting trips in the country” – John Rea Guide and White Water enthusiast.

Trip Notes:

Lower Kern—Two-Day Trip


9:00 A.M. AT OUR CAMPGROUND, 15775 SIERRA WAY, just north of Kernville.

PHONE (760) 376-CAMP (2267). RESERVATIONS: 1-800-861-6553 OR (760) 376-6553.


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