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.
Check flow information for the Upper, Lower and Forks of the Kern. Up to date flows can be found here.
Wear a lifejacket. Learn more about river safety and Kern specific items here.
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.