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!

Family adventure vacations.

Family adventure vacations.

Family vacations that are packed with adventure + expert guides that make you look good!

Thinking about summer and how best to spend precious family time?  Here on the Kern, water levels are going to be perfect for families!  Parents can get that sought-after down time, to relax and enjoy, while t’weens and teens get those selfie moments that morph into moments of self-pride, all while staying “family” focused.

MRA’s cushy two-day Lower Kern trips are filled with authentic outdoor experiences.  Just the right amount of glamping and paddling to feel like you’ve really accomplished something, and, you don’t have to be an expert outdoorsman to pull off a stellar trip like this!  If crystal, clear dark skies with phenomenal star gazing, amazing meals that you don’t have to cook, professional guide staff who entertain the kids and make Mom and Dad look like experienced paddlers sounds like the right mix of adventure for your next family vacay, then our 2-day Lower Kern river tour is THE adventure for your family!

End of summer bragging rights for daring yourself to leap off the jump rock on the Lower Kern overnight rafting tour!  Heck you’ll be proud for just making the ascent up the rock; jumping could be the easy part!  Swimming a Class II rapid (psst…we won’t tell that you had to hold the Guides hand to do it).  Call to book today.  Our 2018 Lower Kern season will run until nearly Labor Day weekend.  We are standing by to hear from you @ (800) 861-6553.