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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.

We cover alot: GPS coordinates, rapid descriptions and diagrams, on river mileage, put in and take out locations, permit information, tons of photos, videos, camping data, and much more.

This website was built for private boaters and river guides. It is maintained by Kern River Outfitters, a commercial rafting company on the Upper, Lower and Forks of the Kern.

Mission Statement

To provide the most comprehensive resource for river rafting the Kern.