Kern River Online Guide

We did our best to be thorough and accurate. We GPSed locations and checked them against Google Earth. Distances are the result of multiple GPSed trips and then averaged. Rapids have multiple descriptions based on water flows. They also include photos and relevant videos of the lines. Any interesting history is mentioned too. If there is anything that needs updating, please email us.

Using the guide

The Legend is displayed below. These are shown on the Google Maps as well as the descriptions. Keep in mind that only campgrounds that can be reserved are listed, and dispersed camping options are omitted.

Put-In / Take-Out

The most commonly used access points.

Point of Interest

These include hot springs, jump rocks, notable private property and more.

Fun Zone

Well known surf waves, jump rock locations, and safe swim areas


Riverside camping locations.

Class II Rapid

Class III Rapid

Class IV Rapid

Class IV Rapid

Class VI Rapid

Guide pages are broken up by river section – Upper, Lower and the Forks of the Kern. Within each guide page, the sections are broken out by runs, and are listed top down, moving downstream.

Within runs, overview data is provided included difficulty, length of run, and shuttle information. Below the overview, basic descriptions of rapids and points of interest are displayed. If a feature or rapid has more in-depth descriptions available a Learn More link is listed. Selecting Learn More will drill down into that particular feature and will include a GPS location, photos, videos, low, medium and high water descriptions and additional relevant information.

Mission Statement

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