Each water craft needs a river use permit. These are free and can be picked up from the USFS Kernville Office. Learn more here.


For most summer months the weather remains the same, it’s still important to know what to expect. Check the weather here.

River Flows

Check flow information for the Upper, Lower and Forks of the Kern. Up to date flows can be found here.

River Courses

Find a Kern Valley based class. These include Swift Water Rescue, Wilderness First Aid / Responder, and Leave No Trace certificate courses. Check the 2020 offerings now.

Guided Trips

Looking for a commercial trip? Find one on the Lower, Upper and Forks of the Kern. Learn more here.

Mission Statement

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