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Standup Paddleboards and Lake Kayaks
☆Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am-4 pm☆
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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 operate the oldest, largest, and most experienced whitewater kayaking school in Southern California.
Centrally located 3 hours from LA in the river town of Kernville, with a view of the Kern River from the deck, our brick-and-mortar outfitter’s store stocks gear, clothing, and gifts for paddling and mountain sports adventures. Don’t forget to also shop at our online River Store, where an actual person who knows paddling will handle your order and/or answer the customer service line.
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.
For information on Kern River Flows: Upper Kern SCE & Lower Kern COE
Class II-III | Ages 6 & up
Looking for a longer Kern River whitewater rafting trip that won't swamp your wallet? Try our super-popular, 2.5-hour Lickety Blaster.
Class II-III | Ages 11 & up
Want a full day of whitewater fun? Come rafting and inflatable kayaking all in one day. Whitewater Merit Badges available for scouts who qualify.
Class III-IV | Ages 12 & up
The Upper Kern Half Day Class IV offers thrill-seekers a taste of Class III-IV whitewater rafting, hitting the best sections of the river.
“We had a fantastic time while whitewater rafting. Jon V. was very thorough and informative! I CAN’T WAIT TO GO AGAIN! “
-Faye C. on TripAdvisor
“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
“We were there last weekend and did the Lickety Split with the kids, (10 and 11), it was a blast, Andrew our guide was great, tried to make the trip as fun as possible, even convinced one of our group to jump over the side and try the water. Next time we’ll take a longer trip. Highly recommend, great fun!”
-Roy S. 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.
Store: 10am – 5pm, Mon-Fri
10am – 4pm, Sat-Sun
Reservations: 10am – 2pm, Mon-Fri