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The Sierra South Experience

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At Sierra South, our goal is to provide you, your family, and your friends with an exhilarating whitewater experience that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. We’ve been guiding rafting trips on the Kern River since 1985, and that experience has helped us curate adventures suited to thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike. Whether you’re looking for a heart-pounding encounter with the rapids, a family-friendly trip, or a multi-day wilderness getaway, we have a fun, on-the-water adventure waiting for you.

The Kern River Rafting Experience

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A short rafting trip on the Kern River provides ample amounts of fun, excitement, and adventure while not stressing you out about having to be on the river for a full day. Choosing a short trip does not mean you do not get to run amazing rapids and take in the beautiful scenery. Our team will choose the best section of the river for your trip to provide an incredible whitewater rafting experience.

How long does a short rafting trip last?

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Depending on the trip you choose, our offerings last from 1.5 hours to a 4-hour experience. Our Lickety Split and Lickety Blaster are the two shortest, while our half-day trips on the Upper and Lower Kern last longer and provide more rapids.

How do you know what adventure to choose?

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All Kern River rafting trips provide a unique experience to submerse yourself in nature and adventure. Depending on your group’s age, fitness level, experience, and desire for adrenaline will help you choose the appropriate tour. Our Class 2-3 rafting is perfect for young families, and people who are hesitant about whitewater rafting. Don’t let this fool you. Class 2-3 rapids are still a fun and exciting experience. Class 4 is for those who are looking to be in a faster-paced environment, with bigger splashes, more teamwork, and more thrills. No experience is needed but you want to be comfortable in the water. If you have any questions about which trip to choose, contact our river experts to help lead you in the right direction.

Book a Trip Today!

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Booking one of our rafting trips online is easy. Once you’ve found which offering has the best time frame and challenges suited to your group, you can complete your booking in minutes. We offer rafting trips beginning in March and run into September. Getting everything you need in order before hitting the rapids has never been easier! Check out our options below for more information or to book your Kern River rafting trip today.

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