Adventure awaits: This is your Kern River whitewater guidebook
Melting from the south facing slope of Mt. Whitney, the Kern River travels 165 miles before it is divvied up for irrigation in Bakersfield, CA. The Kern River is the most southern raftable river in California, and with a regulated reservoir release, offers a long recreation season well into summer and occasionally fall.
Recreationally, the Kern River is outstanding for a number of reasons:
Easy access: Both the Upper and Lower Kern have multiple put-in and takeout locations.
Variety of whitewater: From mellow class II upwards of challenging class VI.
Long river season: The river is runnable from early April through early September.
Length of trip: Short, thirty-minute runs to multi-day trips are all available.