About Us

Join us as we celebrate our 26th year in business!

We are proud of our status as the premier paddlesports school in Southern and Central California. We have been teaching classes and offering tours in kayaking, rafting, climbing, hiking, and more to thousands of people since 1985.

Operating under a permit with the Sequoia National Forest, we conduct trips on the wild and scenic Kern River, at Isabella Lake, and in the majestic mountains of the Southern Sierra Nevada.

It is our style to provide you with the best possible paddling experience. We offer:

  • State-of-the-art equipment that is new or in excellent condition every season
  • A well-thought-out course curriculum for learning the fundamentals of kayaking in a fun, supportive environment with lots of on-the-water paddling and limited indoor lecturing
  • Well-trained staff of instructors eager to advance your kayaking skills

What makes us so special?

The Kern River and Sequoia National Forest’s dramatic beauty and consistently mild climate are ideal for whitewater and lake kayaking, rafting, climbing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and fishing.

Sierra South Fame

We were named the best paddling town in America by Sports Afield, and one of America’s best by Paddler and Canoe & Kayak magazines.

We have been featured in magazines such as ShapePaddlerWomen’s Sports & FitnessPeopleRiver, and Canoe & Kayak.

Our “Hollywood” guides and instructors have worked with TV crews from Home ImprovementDiscovery Channel, Junkyard Wars, The Outdoor Life Network, and a famous Japanese talk show called Doki-Doki. We’ve worked on commercials for the Nissan X-Terra, Blue Cross, Timberland, and Wendy’s.

Look carefully for pickup shots of the Kern River in the movies K-Pax and Jurassic Park III. We even won a Location Scouting Award for the waterfall fishing shot in the movie Hanging Up.

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: 9am – 5pm, Mon-Sun
8am-6pm, Sat
8am-5pm, Sun
Reservations: 9am – 5pm, Mon-Fri