HAZARD: IMPORTANT NOTE - CLICK HERE! April 1, 2011. Upper Kern, Brush Creek & Lower Kern: The Kern snowpack and forecast runoff are the largest since the big El Nino year of 1997-98. High flows are expected on the Upper Kern, Brush Creek and Lower Kern. The increasing flow and high-water levels will increase the amount of debris in the river, and the likelihood of logs, strainers and other hazards. Rapids and eddies can change dramatically. They can become easier or more difficult. New rapids can form. Self rescue can become more difficult with the speed of the current and lack of eddy lines. The location of such hazards may change at any time. Extra care should be taken on or near the river. When in doubt, get out and scout!
Guidebooks and maps that cover the Kern include:
Camping and Lodging
Kern River Festival
A good source for information regarding Kern area businesses, events, and activities is the Kernville Chamber of Commerce. You can contact them at:
A boating permit is now required year round on nearly all sections of the river. A permit is required on the Forks during the period May 15 to September 15. According to the Forest Service, a permit is not required for the section of the river from KR3 Powerplant to Kernville. This section includes the Powerhouse Run and The Park.
With the exception of the Forks run, it's easy to get a permit. Just bring a picture ID to one of the local ranger stations at Kernville or Lake Isabella. The Greenhorn Ranger District office, previously located on Highway 178, has been moved to Lake Isabella.
All runs that require permits, require that a daily manifest form be filled out and placed in a manifest box. These are located at the various Forest Service put-in's along the river.
For more information contact:
Store: 760-376-3745 Mail Order: 800-376-7303 Reservations: 800-457-2082
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