2020 Kern River Rafting Trips

Half, Full, and 2 Day Trips!

Kayak Classes

Learn to whitewater kayak in 2020!

Rock Climbing

Learn to climb...feel the adrenaline!

Shop Sierra South's Online Store & Boat Barn!

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.

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Featured Adventures

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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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Dear Sierra South Guests,

We wanted to reach out and reassure you that our team is closely monitoring the developing Coronavirus situation. Sierra South remains committed to the safety and satisfaction of our guests. We are meeting daily to listen, learn, and adapt so we can continue to create an atmosphere where people feel excited and safe about joining us on the river. We are currently running trips daily on the Wild and Scenic Kern River, and at this point have no plans on canceling trips.

The nature of this event requires us to be flexible in how we respond and provide service to you, our valued guests. Here are ways we are taking action:

Encouraging employees and guests to modify personal greetings to avoid physical contact

Providing additional access to hand sanitizer throughout the trip

Practicing the best methods for sanitizing our equipment; helmets, life jackets, paddles, rafts, and transportation

Continuing to uphold the highest standard of cleanliness when handling and preparing food

Limiting group sizes to adhere with the recommendations given by California Governor Gavin Newsom

Following recommended every day healthy actions per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and having employees who appear symptomatic stay home

In regards to reservations, we have modified some of our cancellation policies. As always, we highly recommend everyone booking a trip with Sierra South purchase Travel Insurance. Insure My Trip is a comparison website that allows for easy access to multiple insurance companies, including plans that allow you to “cancel for any reason”. We have adjusted our cancellation policy from 45 days to 14 days prior to the trip. This includes our normal $25 processing fee. If Sierra South cancels a trip for any reason, you will receive a 100% refund.

Overall, our team at Sierra South is excited about the 2020 season. We feel confident that the Wild and Scenic Kern River and the clean Sierra Nevada Mountain air provides a unique opportunity to leave the city for an adventurous outdoor experience in a safe and family friendly environment.

The Sierra South Family


"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”.  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

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


Closed Until Further Notice


Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm

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