UPPER KERN

RAFTING ADVENTURES

UPPER KERN DETAILS

The Upper Kern is the section of white water above Lakes Isabella. The flow is dependent on snowmelt from Mt. Whitney, this year we are well above average and are expecting plenty of water to get us through the summer.

 

We have several exciting trips on the Upper Kern including our Class V Thunder Run, Full Day Class IV, 1/2 Day Class IV - V, and overnight rafting options. Full day and overnight trips include meals. On the 2-day rafting trip, you can camp at the MRA private campground located just north of Kernville on the Upper Kern. 

TRIP OVERVIEW

RAPID LEVELS

  • Class IV (Adventurous)

  • Class V Trips
    (You'll get to brag)

TRIP DURATION

  • 1/2 Day

  • Full Day

AGE RANGE

  • 12+ dependent on river conditions

SEASON

  • April - August

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1/2 Day Upper Kern

DETAILS AT A GLANCE:

  • River Class: III-IV

  • Duration: 1/2 day

  • River Miles: 6-8

  • Minimum Age: 12*

    If you are 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. 12 years old and up. Morning and afternoon trips available.
    *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. Age requirements may vary depending on water level.

From:

$123

Full Day Upper Kern

DETAILS AT A GLANCE:

  • River Class: III-IV

  • Duration: 1 day

  • River Miles: 11-15

  • Minimum Age: 12*   
                           

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. Then we will continue running Class IV sections that contain rapid after rapid and drop up to 45 feet per mile through rocky hills and steep cliffs of limestone and granite. We enjoy an awesome riverside deli-style lunch in between runs.

 

*12 years old and up depending on water levels.

From:

$158

Thunder Run

DETAILS AT A GLANCE:

  • River Class: V

  • Duration: 1 day

  • River Miles: 11-15

  • Minimum Age: 16-18*   
                   

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. We start this day out with a swim through a class II-III section that allows everyone to demonstrate their fitness and assess what it’s like to have an “out of boat experience.” Then we head upriver to warm up on a class IV-IV+ section before taking on the class V rapids that are sure to get everyone soaked and exhausted. We enjoy an awesome riverside deli-style lunch in between runs. 16-18 years old and up, depending on water levels.

From:

$230

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Kernville, 
CA 93238

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