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.

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.

You could take the family to a theme-park, or, you can unplug, get natural. Choose the outdoors!

You could take the family to a theme-park, or, you can unplug, get natural. Choose the outdoors!

Do you ever keep the kids Spring & Summer break schedules jammed packed with fun, learning experiences, hoping they won’t be inclined to hang out on Snap or Insta?

What if you can provide meaningful getaway moments (that are totally Snap and Insta worthy) all while spending time together as a family, in the outdoors?  How often do we fully unplug, together, to stop and smell the pines, take in majestic mountain views, or relax around a campfire gazing at the vast beyond, in the still, darkness?

It’s okay if you don’t already know how to tie a specialty knot, hold a raft paddle correctly, or even know how to adroitly step into a whitewater raft correctly.  Our professionally trained, safety conscious river guides are there to help you through each step of the experience.  Did we mention that all overnight and full day trips include delicious meals?  We practically do everything for you!  Why aren’t you here already?

Choose to unplug @ (800) 861-6553.

“Four city boys looking for a little nature and adventure. We rented a campsite for Friday and Saturday nights and did the full-day, lower Kern rafting adventure (class 3-4). Our guides, Brett and Harry were fun and very nice (driver, Chris was helpful and cheery). They made us feel comfortable and confident, never condescending to us (this is a tough needle to thread). Equipment was it great condition, photography provided, full spread lunch…a total pro setup.  Our campsite was comfortable and the campgrounds were boisterous.  Book in advance for peak season weekends!  Cap it all off with a meteor shower beyond belief and you’ve got a weekend you’ll never forget.” Michael C., Redondo Beach, CA

Learn to guide the Kern.

Class III School:   March 28-31, 2018, $300 and
Class IV School:  April 6-8, 2018 AND April 13-15, 2018, $600

We still have a few slots open for this years Kern River whitewater guide school.  Have you ever:

  • Loved rafting so much that you wanted to come back again and again.
  • Returned home from a rafting tour and just couldn’t stop retelling the story of how……
  • Love the physical challenge of captaining your own boat and could totally see yourself bringing friends up to the Kern for whitewater fun.

You might be an ideal candidate for our river guide school!  Find out more here.

We are standing by to hear from you at (800) 861-6553, or shoot us an email @ info@mtnriver.com.  See you on the Kern in 2018!