Kern River 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.

 

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Lickety Split Class II-III

Class II-III | Ages 6 & up

The world-famous Lickety Split is our most affordable, and quickest Class II-III whitewater rafting trip on the Kern River.

Lickety Split Class II-III

The world-famous Lickety Split is our most affordable, and quickest Class II-III whitewater rafting trip on the Kern River.

Combo Full Day Class II-III

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 Class II-III

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

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, wildlife, jump rocks and plenty of 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, wildlife, jump rocks and plenty of opportunities to cool off with a dip in the water. No experience necessary!

Lower Kern Full Day Class II-III

Class II-III. Ages 8 & 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. 

Upper Kern Half Day Class IV

Class III-IV | Ages 12 & up

The Upper Kern Half Day Class IV offers thrill-seekers a taste of Class III-IV whitewater rafting, hitting the best sections of the river.

Upper Kern Half Day Class IV

The Upper Kern Half Day Class IV offers thrill-seekers a taste of Class III-IV whitewater rafting, hitting the best sections of the river.

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. 

Upper Kern Full Day Class V

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

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

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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.

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, 2-3 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, 2-3 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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!

Raft Guide School Class II-IV May 4th-8th, 2020.

Beginner | Ages 16 & up

This is a class for those interested in becoming Sierra South guides for the Class II- IV sections of the Upper or Lower Kern. Fill out an application on our employment page. Guide School will be held May 4th-8th, 2020.

Raft Guide School Class II-IV May 4th-8th, 2020.

This is a class for those interested in becoming Sierra South guides for the Class II- IV sections of the Upper or Lower Kern. Fill out an application on our employment page. Guide School will be held May 4th-8th, 2020.

Tube Rentals – 3 hour

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

Tubing is not available at this time. Call 760-376-3745 to confirm availability later in season. 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 is not available at this time. Call 760-376-3745 to confirm availability later in season. 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.

Sierra South
Mountain Sports
760-376-3745

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:

Open 9 am-5 pm Monday-Sunday

Reservations:

 Open 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday

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