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Forks of the Kern Kayaking Trip

Expert | Ages 16 & up

2-Day Trip

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 Expert Whitewater Kayaking Trip

We supply a kayaking instructor to show you the lines and particular challenges of the Forks on our two-day trip. This is for the avid kayaker looking for some pointers in reading and running one of the best Class V sections of whitewater in California. Overnight gear is carried on the rafts. If we do not have a trip going or meet minimum numbers, we may book with an outside outfitter.

Schedule & Duration

  • Two days; 6-7 hours per day
  • Months of operation: May – September
  • Trip Arrival Time: 6:30 am.
  • Trip Departure Time: Starting at 7 a.m.
  • We suggest you arrive at the store 30-45 minutes prior to the trip departure time. This will allow sufficient time to check-in and change into wetsuits if needed or required. Our trips must leave on schedule. Don’t miss the boat!


  • *For expert kayakers only: You must have considerable Class IV or better kayaking experiences, a solid river roll, and excellent self-rescue and portaging skills
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must weigh between 50 and 275 lbs.
  • Please wear shoes that will stay on your feet in the water, such as tennis shoes, water shoes, or sandals that have a heel strap. No flip-flops or bare-feet!

Additional Information

  • Kayaks and paddling gear not included. Kayaks are available for rent on a first-come basis.
  • Meals are provided
  • All classes require a minimum number of guests. If participant numbers are not met we will notify you and provide various options for your class to go on
  • All of our advanced whitewater kayaking trips may be adjusted based on water levels and/or other conditions

Reservation Policies

Please see our Reservation Policies Page for details on our cancellation, guest responsibility and liability, accompaniment, minimums, and water levels policies.

Sierra South
Mountain Sports

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


Open 8 am-6 pm Monday-Sunday


 Open 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday

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