All Adventures

We offer a wide variety of adventures on the Kern River.
Browse below to find yours!

Book one of our many exciting adventures today, choosing among a wide array of kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, tubing, and standup paddleboarding adventures! Activities take place on the wild and scenic Kern River, Isabella Lake, or the Sequoia National Forest, which is home to some of the finest climbing areas in the Southern Sierra. We also have several beginner, intermediate and advanced level skill options to choose from.

Cancellations:
You may cancel 45 or more days before your Sierra South trip date and receive a full refund less a $25 processing fee per person. Cancellations made 44 days or fewer before trip date are non-refundable. If you must cancel, please try to find a friend to take your space. All trips go rain or shine. However, we reserve the right to alter or cancel a trip/class due to high- or low-water conditions, other such uncontrollable situations, or insufficient reservations. Only in the case of canceled trips are trip fees refundable. Upon approval by our main office, refunds will be sent via mail. Refunds cannot be granted by guides, nor can refunds be given if you leave a trip or class early for any reason. Sierra South is not liable for other costs incurred in association with a canceled trip. We suggest trip insurance such as Travelguard.com to cover any unexpected situations.

Rental Cancelation Policy:
Rentals must be made at least 72 hours prior to the trip. No refunds will be made for cancellations less than 72 hours prior to the trip. Liability waivers and a rental waiver must be filled out in the store prior to taking your rental. A credit card is required to have on file for a security deposit to cover any loss.

Minimums:
Some of our trips require a minimum number of guests to operate. The Lickety Split, Lickety Blaster, and Half Day Inflatable Kayaking trips require a total of 4 guests. The Combo, 1/2 Day Upper Kern, Full Day Upper Kern and The Forks trips all require a minimum of 6 guests. All kayaking classes require a minimum of 4 students.
We will attempt to contact you if the minimums have not been met for the activity that you have chosen prior to the trip date. Minimum numbers can be met through one or multiple reservations and can be met up to the day before the trip. You can call 800-457-2082 for up-to-date trip status.

Water Levels Change:
Trips may be substituted or changed due to water level. Potential changes include, but are not limited to the following list: At higher water levels Inflatable Kayaking trips will be converted to regular rafting trips. Some Class IV trips may be converted to Class III trips and Class V trips may be converted to Class IV trips. During lower water levels, some Class IV trips will be rescheduled to our Class II & III trips. End of season trips can also be converted from rafting to inflatable kayaking or tubing.

Responsibility & Liability

All Sierra South trips and classes involve physical activity and include certain elements of risk. We make every effort to run trips and classes in the finest, most fun-filled manner as possible. However, we cannot guarantee your safety. It is your responsibility to evaluate your level of fitness and to select a trip or class which is appropriate for you. Seek medical advice before your trip if you question your physical condition. It is your responsibility to follow our instructions.

Everyone will be required to sign a release of liability/assumption of risk form and photography/video waiver form before departure. Minors under 18 must bring a release form signed by their parent or legal guardian.

No Unaccompanied Minors: Minors must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

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Combo Full Day Rafting

Class II-III | Ages 11 & up

Want a full day of whitewater fun? Come rafting and inflatable kayaking all in one day. Whitewater Merit Badges available for scouts who qualify.

Combo Full Day Rafting

Want a full day of whitewater fun? Come rafting and inflatable kayaking all in one day. Whitewater Merit Badges available for scouts who qualify.

Upper Kern Full Day Class IV Rafting

Class III-IV | Ages 12 & up

The Upper Kern Full Day Class IV offers thrill-seekers a full day of Class III-IV whitewater rafting, hitting the best sections of the river above Isabella Lake.

Upper Kern Full Day Class IV Rafting

The Upper Kern Full Day Class IV offers thrill-seekers a full day of Class III-IV whitewater rafting, hitting the best sections of the river above Isabella Lake.

Upper Kern Full Day Class V Rafting

Class IV-V | Ages 16 & up

The Upper Kern Full Day Class V offers intrepid river runners a full day of Class IV-V whitewater rafting, our most challenging trip.

Upper Kern Full Day Class V Rafting

The Upper Kern Full Day Class V offers intrepid river runners a full day of Class IV-V whitewater rafting, our most challenging trip.

Inflatable Kayak Half Day

Class II-III | Ages 11 & up

Want an up-close and personal rafting experience? Try a half-day of paddling our two-person Inflatable Kayak.

Inflatable Kayak Half Day

Want an up-close and personal rafting experience? Try a half-day of paddling our two-person Inflatable Kayak.

Camp Whitsett Lickety Split

Class II-III | Ages 6 & up

This trip can only be booked by Camp Whitsett participants. The world-famous Lickety Split is our most popular and most affordable Class II-III whitewater rafting trip on the Kern River.

Camp Whitsett Lickety Split

This trip can only be booked by Camp Whitsett participants. The world-famous Lickety Split is our most popular and most affordable Class II-III whitewater rafting trip on the Kern River.

Camp Whitsett Lickety Blaster

Class II-III | Ages 6 & up

This trip can only be booked by Camp Whitsett participants. Looking for a longer Kern River whitewater rafting trip that won't swamp your wallet? Try our super-popular, 2.5-hour Camp Whitsett Lickety Blaster.

Camp Whitsett Lickety Blaster

This trip can only be booked by Camp Whitsett participants. Looking for a longer Kern River whitewater rafting trip that won't swamp your wallet? Try our super-popular, 2.5-hour Camp Whitsett Lickety Blaster.

Camp Whitsett Merit Badge Combo

Class II-III | Ages 11 & up

This trip can only be booked by Camp Whitsett participants. Wanting a whole day of whitewater fun? Come rafting and inflatable kayaking all in one day. Whitewater Merit Badges are available for scouts who qualify.

Camp Whitsett Merit Badge Combo

This trip can only be booked by Camp Whitsett participants. Wanting a whole day of whitewater fun? Come rafting and inflatable kayaking all in one day. Whitewater Merit Badges are available for scouts who qualify.

Mini-Me Rowing Class Full Day

Class II-III | Ages 16 & up

Rowing a Mini-Me is a blast! They are lightweight, nimble, fast, and fun. Perfect for enjoying the Lickety Split run.

Mini-Me Rowing Class Full Day

Rowing a Mini-Me is a blast! They are lightweight, nimble, fast, and fun. Perfect for enjoying the Lickety Split run.

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.

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.

Rock Climbing Full Day

Beginner | Ages 14 & up

Join us for an all-day rock climbing experience at climbing areas such as Dome Rock, the Kern Slabs, or other local boulders.

Rock Climbing Full Day

Join us for an all-day rock climbing experience at climbing areas such as Dome Rock, the Kern Slabs, or other local boulders.

SUP 101 Half Day

Beginner | Ages 8 & up

Stand-up Paddleboard 101 teaches you the basics of paddleboarding, first on land and then in the lake.

SUP 101 Half Day

Stand-up Paddleboard 101 teaches you the basics of paddleboarding, first on land and then in the lake.

Intro to Lake Kayaking Half Day

Beginner. Ages 10 & up

A half day experience on Isabella Lake designed to help you learn basic skills and exciting aspects of lake kayaking.

Intro to Lake Kayaking Half Day

A half day experience on Isabella Lake designed to help you learn basic skills and exciting aspects of lake kayaking.

Dynamic Duo Tandem Whitewater Kayaking

Beginner | Ages 14 & up

Take the express track to Whitewater Kayaking thrills. This is like first-time tandem skydiving with an instructor, on water.

Dynamic Duo Tandem Whitewater Kayaking

Take the express track to Whitewater Kayaking thrills. This is like first-time tandem skydiving with an instructor, on water.

Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Full Day

Beginner | Ages 14 & up

This class is designed for those who want a taste of whitewater kayaking and may not want to commit to our 2 or 3 day classes.

Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Full Day

This class is designed for those who want a taste of whitewater kayaking and may not want to commit to our 2 or 3 day classes.

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.

Whitewater Kayaking 201

Advanced Beginner | Ages 14 & up

201 is for those who completed 101, or who can boat comfortably in Class II water & self-rescue, with working knowledge of the Eskimo roll.

Whitewater Kayaking 201

201 is for those who completed 101, or who can boat comfortably in Class II water & self-rescue, with working knowledge of the Eskimo roll.

Total Kayaking Immersion 5-Day

Beginner | Ages 14 & up

There is no better place to spend a week than on the river, enrolled in our comprehensive whitewater program.

Total Kayaking Immersion 5-Day

There is no better place to spend a week than on the river, enrolled in our comprehensive whitewater program.

Half Day Private Kayak Instruction

Beginner - Advanced | Ages 14 & up

Great class for anyone who wants a customized session of instruction. One-on-one time with our skilled instructors improves your skills faster.

Half Day Private Kayak Instruction

Great class for anyone who wants a customized session of instruction. One-on-one time with our skilled instructors improves your skills faster.

Full Day Private Kayak Instruction

Beginner - Advanced | Ages 14 & up

Great class for anyone who wants a customized session of instruction. One-on-one time with our skilled instructors improves your skills faster.

Full Day Private Kayak Instruction

Great class for anyone who wants a customized session of instruction. One-on-one time with our skilled instructors improves your skills faster.

Down River Freestyle Kayaking Half Day

Intermediate | Ages 14 & up

Enjoy a fun 3-4 hours of downriver freestyle on the Kern River, as you learn new maneuvers and improve your technique.

Down River Freestyle Kayaking Half Day

Enjoy a fun 3-4 hours of downriver freestyle on the Kern River, as you learn new maneuvers and improve your technique.

Kayaking Lake/River Roll

Beginner | Ages 11 & up

We designed this course to help you develop the basic mechanical and mental skills to execute a bomb-proof roll every time!

Kayaking Lake/River Roll

We designed this course to help you develop the basic mechanical and mental skills to execute a bomb-proof roll every time!

Youth Kayaking 101/201

Beginner/Intermediate | Ages 11-16

This is a special kayaking 101/201 two-day class structured to appeal to the different learning styles of younger paddlers.

Youth Kayaking 101/201

This is a special kayaking 101/201 two-day class structured to appeal to the different learning styles of younger paddlers.

Raft Guide School Class II-III

Beginner | Ages 16 & up

This is a class for those interested in becoming a Sierra South guide for the Class II - III section of the Upper Kern.

Raft Guide School Class II-III

This is a class for those interested in becoming a Sierra South guide for the Class II - III section of the Upper Kern.

Raft Guide School Class IV

Beginner | Ages 18 & up

This is a class for those interested in becoming Sierra South guides for the Class IV section of the Upper Kern.

Raft Guide School Class IV

This is a class for those interested in becoming Sierra South guides for the Class IV section of the Upper Kern.

Class IV & V Upper Kern Kayaking Full Day

Advanced - Expert | Ages 16 & up

For those with experience, kayak the Class IV-V Sections of the Upper Kern with a professional instructor.

Class IV & V Upper Kern Kayaking Full Day

For those with experience, kayak the Class IV-V Sections of the Upper Kern with a professional instructor.

Forks of the Kern Raft Trip

Class IV-V | Ages 16 & up

The 2-3 day Forks of the Kern is the most difficult and remote run we offer, and one of the premier wilderness whitewater rafting trips in the USA.

Forks of the Kern Raft Trip

The 2-3 day Forks of the Kern is the most difficult and remote run we offer, and one of the premier wilderness whitewater rafting trips in the USA.

Forks of the Kern Kayaking Trip

Expert | Ages 16 & up

Sierra South offers elite kayakers the chance to join our Forks of the Kern rafting trips on a limited space available status.

Forks of the Kern Kayaking Trip

Sierra South offers elite kayakers the chance to join our Forks of the Kern rafting trips on a limited space available status.

Boaters Rescue Course

Advanced Beginner | Ages 16 & up

This two-day comprehensive course is for those wanting to learn the specifics of river rescue and other useful river skills.

Boaters Rescue Course

This two-day comprehensive course is for those wanting to learn the specifics of river rescue and other useful river skills.

Tube Rentals – 3 hour

Tube down the Kern River on a 2-3 hr., adventure you will never forget!

Tubing will possibly begin in late August 2019. Call 800-457-2082 to confirm. Tubing is dependent on water levels. Tube Rental includes a premium-grade tube, life jacket, a single shuttle, and optional helmet, for a day of fun. This is a self-guided rental.

Tube Rentals – 3 hour

Tubing will possibly begin in late August 2019. Call 800-457-2082 to confirm. Tubing is dependent on water levels. Tube Rental includes a premium-grade tube, life jacket, a single shuttle, and optional helmet, for a day of fun. This is a self-guided rental.

Lower Kern Half Day Class II-III

Class II-III. Ages 8 & up

The Lower Kern Half Day Class II-III includes fun, splashy rapids, beautiful scenery and opportunities to cool off with a dip in the water. No experience necessary!

Lower Kern Half Day Class II-III

The Lower Kern Half Day Class II-III includes fun, splashy rapids, beautiful scenery and opportunities to cool off with a dip in the water. No experience necessary!

Lower Kern Full Day Class IV

Class III-IV. Ages 12 & up

The Lower Kern Full Day Class IV river trip is an exhilarating white water adventure which winds down narrow, rocky canyons, twists around giant boulders and charges through tight gorges. 

Lower Kern Full Day Class IV

The Lower Kern Full Day Class IV river trip is an exhilarating white water adventure which winds down narrow, rocky canyons, twists around giant boulders and charges through tight gorges. 

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.

Lower Kern Full Day Class II-III

Class II-III. Ages 11 & up

The Lower Kern Full Day Class II-III river trip is a mellow, easy going trip, through a variety of terrain. The perfect choice for those seeking a lot of fun with a reduced “fear” factor. 

Lower Kern Full Day Class II-III

The Lower Kern Full Day Class II-III river trip is a mellow, easy going trip, through a variety of terrain. The perfect choice for those seeking a lot of fun with a reduced “fear” factor. 

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: Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm
Saturday 8 am-6 pm
Sunday 8 am-5 pm

Reservations: 9am – 5pm, Mon-Fri

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