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Learn to whitewater kayak in 2019!

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Learn to climb...feel the adrenaline!

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Standup Paddleboards and Lake Kayaks

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Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am-4 pm

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Take a look at our used and new boats. On SALE

Sierra South has been in business 30+ years and is the premier outdoor adventure outfitter in Southern and Central California. We have the oldest, largest, and most experienced whitewater kayaking school in Southern California and we offer whitewater rafting, rock climbing, & standup paddleboarding. We also have a brick-and-mortar outfitters store stocked with gear, clothing, and gifts for paddling and mountain sports adventures. We are centrally located in the river town of Kernville, with a view of the Kern from our deck. Since 1995 an online River Store, where an actual person who knows paddling will handle your order and/or answer the customer service line. We support the Kern Valley River Council, the annual Kern River Festival, and Kern River Streambed and Park Restoration Project.
For information on Kern River Flows: Upper Kern SCE & Lower Kern COE

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Guest Reviews

Kernville Rafting
"Weekend Getaway"

“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

"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"

“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

Sierra South
Mountain Sports
(800) 457-2082

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: 10am – 5pm, Mon-Fri

           10am – 4pm, Sat-Sun

Reservations: 10am – 2pm, Mon-Fri