Events Calendar

2019 Sierra South & Kern River Valley Events

  • Chevron down February 15-18: Kernville's 62nd Annual Whiskey Flat Days
  • One of the most popular Festivals in all Southern California.

    Just a short 3-hour drive from Los Angeles to the Lake Isabella recreation area, you will find the quaint town of Kernville, home to Whiskey Flat Days (50 miles east of Bakersfield on Hwy 178).  Whiskey Flat Days are held every Presidents Day Weekend. It is a leap back to the good ol’ wild west days when the area was settled by gold miners, cattle ranchers, and trappers. Join us when Kernville reverts to its old name “Whiskey Flat” for four nostalgic days of fun for the entire family. Parade, Wild West Daze Rodeo,  Motorcycle/ATV Rodeo, Wild West Encampment, Carnival Rides, Frog Jumping Contests, Whiskey Flat Mayor Contest, Food & Craft Booths, Epitaph, Costume & Whiskerino Contests, Line Dancing, Pet Parade, Blue Grass & Country Western Music, Art Show, Gunfighter Skits, Kids Activities, Games, & much more!

    For more information contact 760-376-2629 or gotokernville.com

    All information and dates are subject to change. 

  • Chevron down March 16: Sierra South's Kayaking Classes & Raft Trips Begin!
  • Book kayaking or rafting today!

    For information contact 800-457-2082,  or see our website at sierrasouth.com

  • Chevron down March 30-31 & April 6-7: Sierra South's Class 2-3 Guide School Try-Outs
  • Interested in guiding for money? This Guide School is for those who would like to guide the Class 2-3 Lickety Split section of the Upper Kern River for Sierra South’s rafting season. This course will give a beginning rafter the foundation necessary to become a commercial Class 1-3 whitewater guide. No prior experience is necessary. You must be 16 years of age to be qualified to guide. You may be younger to take the class if you are going to turn 16 in the early part of the rafting season. (May-June).

    You will be required to pass a 1st-Aid/CPR course in addition to guide school. These classes are taught through the Red Cross and other organizations. There is an additional charge for this class. You may take this class prior to the guide school. Sierra South offers our guide school for free to our local high school students. If you are out of high school looking for a job, the cost is $150 for the class. If you are interested in our school for private knowledge, the cost is $350. All rafting gear and wetsuit package are provided. No meals are offered, please plan ahead and bring your own lunch, snacks, and drinks. We will send you a list of personal gear if you are invited to tryouts.

    Please see our Employment Information page. Fill out the form and send us the job application. After we review your application, we will contact you regarding a possible interview and confirm space in the guide school. Space is limited.

  • Chevron down April 13-20: Sierra South's Class 2-3 Guide School
  • This Guide School is for those who would like to guide the Lickety Split section of the Upper Kern River for Sierra South’s rafting season.

    For information contact 800-457-2082 or [email protected]

  • Chevron down April 13: Paddle with the Pros Clinic and Festival
  • Date: April 13, 2019

    TimeClinic- 9 am – 4 pm

    Time: Festival- 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Location11300 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA. 93238

    Information call: 800-457-2082

    Overview

    This one-day clinic will feature three different classes, a Beginner Fundamentals Course, a River Running/Downriver Freestyle Course and a Creeking Clinic on Brush Creek, taught by 8 of the best kayakers in the world.

    Pros include Evan Moore, Scott Lindgren, Rafa Ortiz, Alec Voorhees, Johnny Chase, Carson Lindsay, Todd Wells, and Rebecca Giddens.

    That night we will hold a mini-festival style gathering at Sierra South where guests and town members will be able to join us for a night of movies, beer, raffles, autographs, and stories from the world’s best kayakers.

    Course descriptions

    Paddle with Pros Fundamentals: The fundamentals course will be catered towards beginner kayakers who are looking to improve their skills, such as the proper forward stroke technique, ferrying, eddy turns, draw strokes, identifying river features, edging, and how to properly outfit your gear. This class will be held on either the class II-III Lickety or Fairview sections of the Kern River. You can count on doing two or three runs on during the day. Upon completion of this class, students will receive a free kayak package rental and be eligible to rent a kayak in the future. What are you waiting for? Come out and learn with the professionals! Classes start at 9:00 am. sharp and are usually over by 4 pm. Lunch and transportation once you get to Sierra South are included. Cost $200

    Paddle with Pros River Running/Downriver Freestyle: This clinic is designed for those looking to improve their overall river running technique. In addition, boaters also wanting to learn how to paddle the new-age slicey stern river running kayaks, such as the Jackson Antix, Waka Steeze, Pyranha Ripper, Liquidlogic Braap, etc, will benefit from this class. Paddlers should be comfortable in class III-IV whitewater, while improving their river reading skills, bracing, balance, timing, etc. Aspiring downriver freestyle paddlers will be introduced to moves, such as splatting, squirting, rock spins, boofing, and surfing. There is no doubt, mastering these skills, will help maximize the amount of fun you can have on your local river! This clinic will be held on Chamise, Cables, Limestone or Ant Canyon sections of the Kern River. Upon completion of this class, students will receive a free kayak package rental and be eligible to rent a kayak in the future. What are you waiting for? Come out and learn with the professionals! Classes start at 9:00 am. sharp and are usually over by 4 pm. Lunch, and transportation once you get to Sierra South are included. Cost $200

    Paddle with Pros Creeking Clinic on Brush Creek: This Creeking Clinic is developed for those looking to improve their skills and techniques on waterfalls, slides, and boulder gardens. The focus will be on skills, such as boofing, scouting, hazard awareness, team dynamics, boat control techniques and how to confidently improve your paddling to a new level. This class will be held on Brush Creek (flows permitting). Back up sections of the Kern River would be Chamise, Cables, Limestone or Ant Canyon. Upon completion of this class, students will receive a free kayak package rental and be eligible to rent a kayak in the future. What are you waiting for? Come out and learn with the professionals! Classes start at 9:00 am. sharp and are usually over by 4 pm. Lunch, and transportation once you get to Sierra South are included. Cost: $200

    Cancellations

    No Cancelations. No Refunds.  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.

    Minimums

    Some of our trips require a minimum number of guests to operate. 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 800­457­2082 for up­to­date trip status.

  • Chevron down April 13-15: 30th Annual Isabella Lake Fishing Derby
  • Grand prize raffle, Prize for longest trout-$10,000 with a shirt, $5000 without a shirt, $1500 for second-longest trout, $1,000 for third longest trout, $500 for fourth longest trout, $250 for fifth-longest trout.

    For information contact 760-376-5236, or kernrivervalley.com 

    All information and dates are subject to change. 

     

  • Chevron down TBA: Sierra South's Upper Kern Cleanup
  • Sierra South is pitching in to help clean up the Upper Kern section of the river.

    For information contact 800-457-2082 or [email protected]

  • Chevron down April TBA: Boaters Rescue Course
  • This two-day comprehensive course is designed for Class II and above kayakers, rafters, canoeists, and open-toppers that want to learn specifics of river rescue.

    For more information  contact 800-457-2082 or [email protected] 

  • Chevron down April 25-28: Sierra South's Class 4 Guide School
  • This Class 4 Guide School is for those who would like to work on the more demanding Class 4 section of the Upper Kern for the upcoming rafting season. This Guide School will have more intensive training geared toward advanced guide skills, river reading, river rescue, safety, and much more. This school is open to all interested persons 18 years of age and older.  Completion of this course is required to commercially guide for us. However, it does not guarantee a whitewater position with Sierra South.  You do not have to be interested in professionally guiding to take this course. Many private rafters will take this course to improve their boating skills by learning from professional raft guides.

    Please see our Employment Information page. Fill out the form and send us the job application. After we review your application, we will contact you regarding a possible interview and confirm space in the guide school. Space is limited.

  • Chevron down April 27-28: KVRC's Kern River Whitewater Festival
  • Friday, April 26th

    Volunteers Requested and Appreciated!

    12:00pm-5:00pm Slalom set up – Gates

    5:00pm-7:00 Group Fun Run KR3 to Riverside Park-All boat Types welcome!

    Saturday, April 27th

    Volunteers Requested and Appreciated!

    8:30 am Set up Registration tent and sound, raffle tickets will be sold here too

    (Take turns so people can see Brush Creek)

    8:30-11:00 Brush Creek Registration – On site only Brush Creek Campground

    10:00 – 5:00 pm Slalom, Slalom Clinic, and Triathlon Registration, Riverside Park

    9:00 – 6:00 pm Slalom Practice, Riverside Park – all day

    11:00 pm Brush Creek Boaters Meeting and Race, on-site – Brush Creek

    12:00 – 5:00 pm BRUSH CREEK RACE – Brush Creek

    6:00pm-10:00 pm Brush Creek Awards Party – (no host) at Kern River Brewery

    Sunday, April 28th

    Volunteers Requested and Appreciated!

    7:30 – 8:30 Registration –1 hour ONLY: last chance for Tri, Slalom and Clinic

    8:00 am Triathlon Meeting – Riverside Park

    8:30 -10:00 TRIATHLON RACE – Bike – Run – Paddle

    10:00 – 11:00 Slalom Clinic – Eric and Rebecca Giddens $15.00 

    11:00 am TJ Slalom Kayak & SUP Meeting – Riverside Park

    11:15 am SLALOM RACE STARTS – TJ Slalom Kayak & SUP Race – Riverside Park

    12:00-2:00 Chalk Art Contest for Kids, Riverside Park

    1:30 pm Drawing for Fundraiser Raffle (MUST be present to win)

    Riverside Park

    2:20 pm Slalom and Triathlon Awards, Riverside Park

    3:00pm – ? Event Breakdown in Riverside Park

    NOTES:

    Single Registration price for all events: $25.00 (Brush Creek, Triathlon, Slalom)

    Members of American Canoe Association  (ACA) no fee.

    All others ACA fee $5.00 per person

     

  • Chevron down May 8-10: Gold Medal Kayaking Camp #1
  • Gold Medal Camp has moved to the Payette River in Idaho, May 8-10 and May 11-13!

    For more information:
    www.goldmedalconnections.com/kvl19.htm

  • Chevron down May 11-13: Gold Medal Kayaking Camp #2
  • Gold Medal Camp has moved to the Payette River in Idaho, May 8-10 and May 11-13!

    For more information:
    www.goldmedalconnections.com/kvl19.htm

  • Chevron down May 18-19: Sierra South's Spring Sale & Kayak Demo!
  • Come join us as we kick off the whitewater season with our Spring Sale. It’s a Great time to get new boats and gear at great savings. Sale lasts for this weekend only! Some restrictions apply to kayak demos.

    For information contact 760-376-3745 or [email protected]

  • Chevron down June 19 : Annual Whitewater Wednesday in Riverside Park
  • Whitewater Wednesday returns to Kernville, on the Wild & Scenic Kern River; Whitewater, USA!  It will be a fun-filled day of sunshine, water fights, soggy sneakers, and action-packed rapids. On this day only, the Kernville Chamber of Commerce, along with 5 commercial rafting companies operating on the Kern River, will sponsor different trip options:

    • The one-hour Lickety Split trip is an inexpensive introduction to whitewater rafting. The run is full of enough lively excitement to challenge just about everyone from tykes to grandmas.  One-hour Lickety Split Class I-III, $30/person. Run times are: 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm or 3:00pm.
    • Two Hour – Sequoia Splash Run ~ BIG WATER AHEAD! Here’s our two-hour “SEQUOIA SPLASH” raft trip (Class II-IV) on the “Wild & Scenic” Kern, California’s premiere Whitewater River!  $55/person. Run times are: 10:00am or 2:00pm.

    Lunch is included with all trips. Extra lunches are available for purchase.  All proceeds go to the Kernville Chamber of Commerce to help fund community projects such as Whiskey Flat Days, Kernville Fall Festival and Christmas in Kernville as well as maintenance of community venues like the baseball field, and rodeo grounds. All trips will be led by professional guides and equipment will be provided from the contributing outfitters.

    Give this drenching treat to your employees, customers, family, and friends, or another, unfortunately dry, loved one.  This is a mid-week bonus!!  The water is back this year, making for some exciting trips. Minimum age is 9 years for the Lickety Split and 12 for the Sequoia Splash. Everyone is required to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets which the outfitters provide. Swimsuits, shorts and a pair of old sneakers are the clothes for the day.

    For more information contact 760-376-2629 or gotokernville.com

    All information and dates are subject to change.

  • Chevron down July 6: 4th of July Fireworks display over Isabella Lake!
  • Celebrate Independence Day with a beautiful display of fireworks over Isabella Lake.

    For information contact 760-376-5236, or kernrivervalley.com 

    All information and dates are subject to change. 

     

  • Chevron down July 15-22: Sierra South's Guide Appreciation Week!
  • Kern Guides currently working for Sierra South, Kern River Tours, Whitewater Voyages, Kern River Outfitters, Mountain & River Adventures, Eagle Rafting or SoCal Rafting will receive 25% off any purchases made at Sierra South during this week!

    In-stock items only. Discounts cannot be combined with already discounted items. Discount does not apply to kayaks.

    For information contact 760-376-3745 or [email protected]

  • Chevron down Every Friday in August: Kernville's River Rhythms Concerts in Riverside Park
  • Every Friday night in August you can enjoy a free concert in Riverside Park at 6:00 pm -9:00 pm.

    For more information contact 760-376-2629 or gotokernville.com

    All information and dates are subject to change. 

     

  • Chevron down August 10-11: Sierra South's Sizzlin' Summer Sale!
  • Sierra South’s Sizzlin’ Summer Sale is August 10 & 11.  It’s a great time to get new boats and gear at great savings. Sale lasts for this weekend only! New and used whitewater recreational, inflatable kayaks, rafts, plus standup paddleboards all on sale. 20-60% off paddling gear, clothing, footwear, and accessories.  20-60% off store merchandise. Storewide markdowns and more good stuff. All sales final. Cannot be combined with any other discounts.

    For information contact 760-376-3745 or [email protected]

  • Chevron down August 24: 32nd Annual Rubber Ducky Race at Riverside Park
  • The race begins at the bridge in Kernville. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and last place ducks. Vendors, BBQ, face painting and more. Always a good time!

    For more information contact 760-379-7785 or https://www.facebook.com/kernvalleyexchangeclub/

    All information and dates are subject to change. 

  • Chevron down September 8: Sierra South's Season Ends!
  • Sierra South’s rafting and kayak season ends. This date is subject to change based on water flows. If flows are good season will continue.

    Call 800-457-2082 for more information, or see our website at sierrasouth.com

  • Chevron down September 26-29: Kernville's Rock-n-Blues Festival
  • The Kern River Rock-n-Blues Festival supports veteran’s organizations. Entertainment Friday and Saturday. More than a dozen bands invited, as well as dozens of sit-in-artists. All lodging, restaurants, camping, and entertainment are within leisurely walking distance.

    For more information contact 760-376-2629 or gotokernville.com

    All information and dates are subject to change. 

  • Chevron down Oct 19: 3rd Annual Rockin' River Beer and Music Festival at Rivernook Campground
  • The 3rd Annual Rockin’ River Beer and Music Festival at Rivernook Campground will include a wide selection of beer, music, food vendors, and local vendors.

    100% of the proceeds raised go to Kern Valley Search and Rescue.

    For more information contact Rivernook Campground at (760) 376-2705 or see their website at https://kernvillebeerfest.com/

    All information and dates are subject to change. 

     

  • Chevron down Oct 26-27: Whiskey Flat Fall Festival
  • Riverside Park and Circle Park, Kernville
    Festival features live music, Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk, Lawn Mower Racing, Dachshund
    Races, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Costume Contest, Pet Costume Contest, Pumpkin
    Patch, Farmer’s Market, Chili Cook-off, free petting farm, food/shopping vendors and much
    more!

    For information contact 760-376-2629 or gotokernville.com

    All information and dates are subject to change. 

     

  • Chevron down Nov 9- Dec 21: Fourth Annual Cork N Fork
  • It’s our Fourth Annual Wine, Food & Music Festival… That’s right, Winos, CORK N FORK is BACK!

    This exclusive Kern Valley event will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 12-4 pm at Rivernook Campground!

    Featuring some of the best wines from California with winemakers and winery reps doing the pouring!

    Showcasing some of the amazing food the Kern Valley restaurants have to offer!

    All while listening to some of our favorite Live Music Thursday bands on the Cork N Fork stage!

    And all to raise funds for Charity!

    Come. Drink Wine. Eat Food. Do Good.

    For information contact  the Starlite Lounge 760-376-1895 or www.starliteloungewinebar.com

    All information and dates are subject to change. 

  • Chevron down Nov 28- Dec 21: Christmas in Kernville
  • Christmas in Kernville has been an annual tradition for over 25 years. The Celebration works in conjunction with the Christmas in Kernville Toy Drive. This toy drive allows us to provide a memorable Christmas for our local children.
    Circle Park transforms into Santa’s Village. Starting Nov 28-Dec 31. Santa arrives in the park weekly starting Nov 29 – Dec 21 Every Friday and Saturday from 5 pm-8 pm. Parents, bring your cameras!
    Nov 28 is also the Lake Isabella Christmas Parade! Enjoy the parade and then come up to Kernville after for some incredible Small Business Saturday Deals in Circle Park. Our local farmers market and vendors will be in downtown from 9 am-1 pm. More info on the Lake Isabella Parade can be found here: Christmas Parade
    Nov. 28 will also be the Parade of Giving Toy Drive where Santa heads out with the local car club to collect toys for the Christmas in Kernville Toy Drive. Locals get your toys ready. Santa will head up Burlando and Sirretta Streets.

    Nov. 30 Kernville Small Business Shop Hop 2-8 pm. Shop with local small businesses and enjoy live music and raffles! Santa also arriving for photos in the afternoon. #shoplocal

    On Friday night Dec 6, is the Christmas Candlelight stroll lead by the Kern Valley Chorus-The local Sweet Adeline Chapter. Refreshments will be provided. The event is weather permitting.

    On Friday, Dec 20, at 5 pm Santa will be handing out gifts to the local children at the Kernville Chamber community Hall. *Children must be on the list provided by Kernville Elementary.*

    For information contact 760-376-2629 or gotokernville.com

    All information and dates are subject to change. 

     

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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