Kayak Classes

Learn to whitewater kayak in 2019!

Rock Climbing

Learn to climb...feel the adrenaline!

Lake Rentals

Standup Paddleboards and Lake Kayaks

River Store

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

Boat Barn

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

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

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Featured Adventures

Rock Climbing Half Day

Beginner | Ages 14 & up

A half-day rock climbing experience. Spend a morning sending as many routes as you can climb at the Kern Slabs. Next class Nov. 24.

Rock Climbing Half Day

A half-day rock climbing experience. Spend a morning sending as many routes as you can climb at the Kern Slabs. Next class Nov. 24.

Whitewater Kayaking 101

Beginner | Ages 14 & up

Exciting, dynamic, and rewarding, whitewater kayaking is the most challenging of all the various styles of kayaking available.

Whitewater Kayaking 101

Exciting, dynamic, and rewarding, whitewater kayaking is the most challenging of all the various styles of kayaking available.

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Guest Reviews

Kernville Rafting
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"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
Phone (800) 457-2082
Map Marker

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

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