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Half, Full, and 2 Day Trips!
Learn to whitewater kayak in 2020!
Learn to climb...feel the adrenaline!
Or visit our store in Kernville, Hours: 10 am-5 pm Daily
For info on Kern River Flows: Upper Kern & Lower Kern
Why choose Sierra South for your 2020 adventure?
Sierra South will celebrate its 36th year in 2020, as the premiere rafting outfitter in Southern and Central California. Join us for world-class Kern River rafting; whitewater kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding on Isabella Lake, and rock climbing in Sequoia National Forest. We offer family-friendly and thrilling trips of all lengths and difficulty!
Our brick-and-mortar outfitter’s store is centrally located, 3 hours from LA, in the river town of Kernville. With a view of the Kern River from our deck, you can shop for boats, apparel, gear, gifts and more. You can also shop online in our new River Store & Boat Barn. Our customer service line is well-manned by paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts, who are there to answer any questions you may have.
We live and love what we do. We would love to share it with you. It’s good for your soul!
We are proud supporters of the Kern Valley River Council, Kern River Conservancy, the annual Kern River Festival, Keepers of the Kern, and Kern River Streambed and Park Restoration Project.
Class II-III. Ages 8 & up
The Lower Kern Half Day Class II-III includes fun, splashy rapids, beautiful scenery, wildlife, jump rocks and plenty of opportunities to cool off with a dip in the water. No experience necessary!
Class III-IV Ages 12 and up
The Big Five is an exciting afternoon run with five great Class IV rapids, an exciting Jump Rock below Horseshoe Falls.
Class III-IV. Ages 12 & up
The Lower Kern Full Day Class IV river trip is an exhilarating white water adventure which winds down narrow, rocky canyons, twists around giant boulders and charges through tight gorges.
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“This company is my all-time favorite rafting Co. From the office management/reservations (thanks Marti), to the store workers/drivers, and to the guides (Lonnie, Alex, Tanner, & Taylor………), Sierra South is the best for rafting‼ I should know, I have gone 10 times on Class 4’s with them and 2 -Class 2/3’s. If you want a fantastic rafting trip, where you have skilled guides and no worries- call Sierra South. ”
-Nanci B. on Yelp
“We’ve done several rafting and IK trips with Sierra South and always had a good time and been pleased with everything about Sierra South. I wanted my son to continue to work on his Whitewater Kayaking skills so I signed him up for a 1/2 day private lesson. As always everyone was helpful and informative. What really stood out was the quality of my son’s teacher Matt. He did a great job of explaining things (my son was working on his roll) and giving him helpful information to continue tuning his skills. My son had a great time and left with a reliable flat water roll.”
-Evan D. on TripAdvisor
-Lynn H. on Google
11300 Kernville Road
Kernville, California 93238
Sierra South operates under permits issued by: Sequoia National Forest, Klamath National Forest, and the National Park Service/Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Sierra South is an equal opportunity recreation service provider.
Open 8 am-6 pm Monday-Sunday
Open 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday