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Upper Kern River Rafting Trips

Class III-V: Beginner/Intermediate
April - July

We have lots of choices for you on the Wild and Scenic Upper Kern depending on your desires, enthusiastic expectations, and the river's water levels. Drop into beautiful, short, intensely crazy rushes of whitewater, or longer “warm-up” to “hot” sections that leave you with that good, deep, wasted feeling of meeting the wet challenge! The powerful Upper Kern offers fast-moving thrills and white water that allow you to run the premium rapids more than once. Meet up with famous Tombstone and Sock ‘Em Dog rapids and have the opportunity to conquer the “big ones;” they await you in the Upper Kern canyon.

Not sure which river trip we offer is best for you? Find out which river trip is for you on our frequently asked questions page.

Two-Day Upper Kern Rafting Trips

We are the only outfitter on the Kern River with an overnight camp on the Upper Kern section. This allows our guests to enjoy two fun-filled days of paddling on the Upper Kern without the added hassle of looking for restaurants or lodging. We provide tents and sleeping pads for all of our guests, and our bathrooms have flush toilets and hot showers. Guides prepare gourmet-style food while you kick back and enjoy the scenery and company of friends after a day of paddling.

Class III-IV
The first day is spent on Class III as a warm up and learning experience for the Class IV rapids the second day.
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Class IV
Warm up on class III, then straight into the class IV rapids the first day. Then even more class IV rapids the second day.
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Class IV-V
It is possible to run the entire Upper Kern River on this exciting 2-day trip. If you have rafted before and are looking for more, or if you are in good shape and want to move quickly into class V, this is the trip for you.
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One-Day Upper Kern Rafting Trips

Class III-IV
This is our most popular Upper Kern trip and features several runs that are jam-packed with Class III and IV rapids. We will start off with a warm up run that will give the crews a chance to hone their skills.
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Class V Thunder Run
Adrenaline junkies will love this trip. Mile for mile this is the most action-packed day of white water the Upper Kern has to offer.
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Half-Day Upper Kern Rafting Trips

Class III-IV
If you're looking to get a taste of what running rapids is all about, our half day trip is sure to wet your appetite. After a quick warm up, we will drop into a couple of runs of wet and wild white water for a total of six to eight river miles.
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Wetsuits are required for spring paddling, so please bring your own, borrow one, or let us know that you would like to rent one of ours.
Take 20% Off...

Did you know that MRA provides a 20% discount on Class IV Upper Kern river trips for
non-profits? Call to chat about the possibilities. Valid on new reservations.

20% off camping
February 1st - April 1st | give us a call

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