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Learn to whitewater kayak in 2019!

Rock Climbing

Learn to climb...feel the adrenaline!

Now Offering Lower Kern Trips

Half, Full, and 2 Day Trips!

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Boat Barn

Check out new and used boats on SALE now!


For information on Kern River Flows: Upper Kern SCE & Upper/Lower Kern COE

 

Sierra South will celebrate its 35th year in 2019, as the premier outdoor adventure outfitter in Southern and Central California. Join us for world-class whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Wild & Scenic Kern River; lake kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding on Isabella Lake, and rock climbing in Sequoia National Forest. We also operate the oldest, largest, and most experienced whitewater kayaking school in Southern California.

 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, the annual Kern River Festival, Keepers of the Kern, and Kern River Streambed and Park Restoration Project.

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Featured Adventures

Lower Kern Two Day Class II-IV

Class II-IV. Ages 12 & up

The Lower Kern Two Day Class II-IV is the ultimate in overnight white water adventure! The two days you spend with us on the Lower Kern will be an unforgettable experience.

Lower Kern Two Day Class II-IV

The Lower Kern Two Day Class II-IV is the ultimate in overnight white water adventure! The two days you spend with us on the Lower Kern will be an unforgettable experience.

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"My All-Time Favorite Rafting Co."

“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

"Great Kayak Lesson"

“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

"Highly Recommend"
Hey there adventurers: I highly recommend Sierra South Mountain Sports for the 2 day Lower Kern river raft trip including THE BIG FIVE class IV rapids on the last day.  They have been around since 1985 and their number one focus is SAFETY!  So if you want to laugh and scream and bond with other funsters, this is the trip for you.  Our guides: Brandon, Johnny, and Sam made sure that each individual need was met with a smile. The equipment and facilities are top-notch and the guides have years of experience. The campsite was one of the best I’ve ever encountered: Food was excellent, they provide thick sleeping pads, shady flat areas and the bathroom facilities get an “11” out of “10”.  They also provide ice cream and showers when you return in case you are driving home after the trip in the afternoon. It’s a 5-hour drive from San Diego east of Bakersfield in Kernville, CA. The water is high this year so they will have a long season.  Go face your fears and do it while laughing blissfully. Thank you for a top-notch trip!

-Lynn H. on Google

Sierra South
Mountain Sports
Phone (800) 457-2082
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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.

Hours of Operation

Store: Monday-Saturday 8 am-6 pm

Reservations: Monday- Friday 9 am-5 pm

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