Please sign your rafting waiver prior to the trip check-in.
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Trip return time on the second day varies due to water flow and trip size.
11300 Kernville Rd, Kernville, CA 93238
Secure parking in Frandy Park Campground is available for $8 dollars a day. There is also free street parking all along Kernville but we cannot assure your vehicles safety.
Lodging and Camping before or after your trip.
Glass is Prohibited
All glass is prohibited in the Sequoia National Forest including our campground. This ban includes glass beer and wine bottles.
Our Kern River trips are fun, fast, and challenging. To participate, you should be in good health. You may also need to perform certain physical activities. These include basic swimming, hiking in rugged or uneven terrain, climbing in and out of rafts and assisting in your rescue, if that becomes necessary. Please let us know if you have any health or dietary restrictions. We will happily accommodate dietary restrictions with advance notice.
We use the highest quality inflatable rafts. We provide accessory river equipment, life vests, paddles, helmets, first aid, and safety supplies. Do not bring your own life vest. Ours are approved for rafting by the U.S Coast Guard and we require that they are worn by all guests.
Trip participants should understand that river trips involve known and unknown risks. Sierra South assumes no responsibility for injuries, death, or loss/ damage to client ̇s property while on the river. All clients must sign a Release of Liability and Waiver Agreement expressly acknowledging these points. Sierra South assumes no responsibility for vehicles and/or the contents of vehicles parked during the trip.
Minimum age of 12 years old.
The minimum age on our Two Day Lower Kern trips is twelve years old. This age limit is in place for the safety of your child, the safety of our other guests, and our guides. During highwater protocols this age may be limit may be as high as 16 years old.
If you bring alcohol on your trip, we ask that you drink in moderation and only while in camp in the evening. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited while rafting or prior to rafting for your safety and for the safety of your fellow guests and our guides.
All on-river meals are provided beginning with lunch the first day and ending with lunch the last day. The food is fresh and hearty and our guides will prepare it for you.
For most of the summer, the weather in the Kern River Valley is very warm and sunny and you’ll be comfortable wearing light clothing. For early season trips, we sometimes require wetsuits.
Helmets are required on all outings.
Our guides are experienced skilled whitewater boaters with ample amounts of training. They are knowledgeable about all scenarios that may arise on the river. Should first aid be required they are trained to administer First Aid & CPR.
On most trips, we capture photos of your raft. These are then uploaded and available for purchase at the conclusion of your trip.
Learn about our cancellation policy here.
We recommend you supplement personal insurance with travel insurance. Cancellation initiated by you may result in substantial loss of fees paid. Available insurance protects against the loss of deposits in the event you must cancel because of unforeseen circumstances.
Guests sometimes ask whether gratuities are appropriate. If you enjoyed your trip, please feel free to leave a tip with the Trip Leader. Guests typically leave 15% – 20% of the trip cost. Gratuities will be shared among all the guides on the trip.
Our trips are conducted under a permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service, Sequoia National Forest. Our permit is your assurance that Sierra South Mountain Sports is legally operating on the river. Our operations and facilities are operated on a nondiscriminatory basis.
WHAT TO BRING
River attire should be casual and comfortable. Plan to get wet and bring a change of clothing. We recommend:
- Sleeping bag or bedding
- Sneakers, or river shoes/sandals with ankle strap.
- Windbreaker or Paddling Jacket.
- Lip balm.
- Wool or fleece sweater.
- Swimsuit or board shorts.
- Visor or hats.
- Strap to secure sunglasses.
- Water bottle.
- Flashlight or headlamp.
Please do not bring radios, firearms, pets, or valuables. Sun-sensitive persons should bring a hat and lightweight long-sleeve shirt. On certain early season trips when water and weather conditions dictate, we may require all passengers to wear wetsuits.