Love to camp on the Kern? So do we and here’s why.

Did you know that campers come to Kernville just to camp on the Kern River?  They love it here for lots of reasons, and here’s why you should plan to camp on the Kern River with MRA!

Close to Adventure
Located two miles north of Kernville, on the Kern River, our campground is on the same property as our whitewater rafting check-in center, making your adventure getaway super easy to plan your whitewater + camping fun!  We are an hour from the scenic Trail of 100 Giants, Dome Rock and the Needles, plus some really cool natural rock water slides.  MRA offers world-class white water rafting tours plus lots of other outdoor adventures, just steps away from our family-focused campground, a mecca of amenities unto itself!  Our camp amenities include…

Site Size Options — Standard, Double or Group
MRA offers many options with our spacious, well groomed, tent camping sites, steps away from the Kern River.  Our Standard Sites hold up to six campers including children.  Each site contains a picnic table and fire ring with cooking grate.  If you are a BBQ aficionado, you may want to bring along your favorite tools for this gig!  All the neighbors will want to eat at your picnic  table.

Our Double Sites hold up to twelve campers with all the same amenities listed above, just more room for all the cousins or friends-of-friends!

Groups come here to reconnect with family and friends for reunions, birthday parties and more.  Our Group Sites accommodate up to 12, 24 or 36 campers making it easy to plan your summer gathering on the Kern!  Choose from group sites like Boulder Beach, which camps 24; Sandy Beach, Scrub Jay Beach or Cottonwood Beach which individually hold 12 campers, or together accommodate up to 36 campers.


Camp Restrooms
Ladies LOVE our camp restrooms because we keep them sparkling clean, and you don’t really have to ‘rough it’ while you are here.  Our camp restroom boasts flushing toilets, warm showers, and is well located within our campground layout.

NEW for 2019, Coin Operated Showers
Although California is now officially out of a drought, our business  philosophy is always to focus on conservation.  We believe that if each of us conserves a little, our efforts will benefit everyone!  To conserve water, we have installed coin-operated showers in our campground showers.  Only four quarters gets  you a blissful four minutes of luxury in our camp shower!  A quarter machine is located right outside the restrooms.  And, in case you forgot it, we offer biodegradable shower suds, toothbrush & paste kits in our retail shop.

Reserve Online, it’s easy!
We now accept online reservations for camping and most activities!  You can call us during traditional 9-5 working hours, M-F, or, you can reserve online, whenever it is convenient!

Simply choose a campsite, how many nights and then reserve.  It’s that easy!  Campers can also reserve firewood and ice to be delivered to your campsite.  What are you waiting for?  Call or get online and reserve your camping getaway on the Kern, today!

Remember:
*  Please remember to pack glass-free or keep it in the cooler for your own safety in camp.
*  One dog per campsite, please.

Why 2019 is Going to be A Great Year for Rafting the Kern River

It’s All About the Water

Rafting on the Kern River is always fun, but what makes some seasons stand out more than others is directly correlated with snow pack in the Sierra’s. This year the 2018/2019 Winter Season is proving to be a wet one.

Big Water Rafting Season On the Kern

Photo from 2017, The Kern River’s last “Big Water Year”

According to the L. A. Times, The Kern River Drainage is upwards of 200% of average snowpack. What does that mean for the 2019 rafting season? Water and lots of it. The last “big water” year was in 2017 when the Upper Kern River peaked out at around 8000 cfs. 

The Kern River get its water supply from the Southern Sierra’s most iconic 14000 plus foot peaks. Mountains such as Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States. Legends such as Royal Robins were the first to descend the drainage in the early 1980’s carrying their boats over the Mt. Whitney Pass on their shoulders. Topo Map of the western Drainage of Mt. Whitney

We can’t predict the rest of the winter, but we can celebrate being off to a good start. Mammoth Mountain, is claiming the most snow in the country right now, and Alta Sierra is opened for skiing at 7000 ft of elevation.

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Backcountry Skiing in the Sierra Mountains Dec. 2018

 If you are as excited about the 2019 Rafting Season as we are, we invite you to follow us on Facebook, and join our Mailing list so that you can get the most value out of your 2019 Rafting Season. The Kern River is located only 3 hours north of Los Angeles, and only 1 hour north of Bakersfield. We look forward to seeing you out there on the water.

Interested in guiding? Big water years on the Kern River offer some of the best conditions for class IV, V guides. Just starting out? Sign up for our guide school and learn from the best!

Fall on the Kern is majestic.

Fall on the Kern.  Cool temps, great trails, dark skies!

Locals love the Fall season here in the Kern River Valley.  Temps cool off,
trails are used but not crowded, and our dark skies are pretty spectacular.
Come see for yourself!

Kernville's annual mtb festival.
Shuttlefest, October 19-21, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Fall camping is ideal! Perfect weather, easy access to the river for wading, fishing and family fun!

Summer is almost over! Here’s an enticement…

Cool off on the Kern!

Head up to Mountain & River Adventures before school starts back!  And here’s an extra enticement, we are celebrating 30 years of rafting by offering 30% off mid-week tours, in August and September.  Capture some of the action this month or book in advance to save big on your rafting adventure.  Click here for all the details.

Before it’s back to school time, plan to cool off on the Kern!

The Mother of all adventures is waiting for you! Grab it.

Click Here to Book Your Mothers Day Weekend!

How do you plan to pamper Mom this Mother’s Day?  Remember when you were a kid and you promised her you’d buy her a new car or a house?  We bet she’d much rather have time together with the family, creating memories, challenging the rapids as a paddle crew, having meals together (that she doesn’t have to cook) and gazing at the stars until she falls asleep warmed by a crackling fire.

This Mother’s Day, choose any MRA adventure we offer, including camping, during Mother’s Day weekend (May 11-13, 2018) and save 30% off Mom’s adventure weekend!  Yes, Mom must be on the raft to qualify for this special offer, and you, her adoring child or spouse should be there too!  A Mother’s Day photo is included with this special!  And while at our check-in center, Mom can shop our collection of Kern River souvenirs, also available at a special rate of 30% off during Mother’s Day weekend!  Mom’s just want to be pampered, and we’ve got plans for your Mom!

1)          Mom gets to chose from a very limited color selection of finely constructed, grab the butter to get it on, tighter than heck catsuits (wink, wink).  On the Kern, we call them wetsuits!
Wetsuits come in a very limited supply of fashion forward colors, like granite boulder black or deep river blue.  Mom’s choice!
2)         We won’t make Mom carry the boat, but she will have to carry her own paddle, and use it!  Paddles may or may not match wetsuit ensemble.  No guarantees.
3)         Our guides will hold Mom’s hand if she needs it, while walking to and entering the raft.
4)         If Mom wants to “ride the bull”, hey, it’s Mother’s Day.  Why not?  No hand holding here.

Grab the Mom in your life, pick an adventure and call us to reserve @ (800) 861-6553!  Let’s make some memories together.  Be sure to ask for special offer code MOM30.

You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.” -Sue Fitzmaurice

Mother’s Day adventures!
Kern River Rafting
Mom’s like adventure too!