Kern River Rafting

The Sierra South Experience

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 Biggest Perks of Kern River Rafting

Some of the best things to bring on a whitewater rafting trip are a hunger for knowledge, exercise, and quality time with friends and family. Moments made on the splashing thrill of the river are hard to forget, and you’ll be working as a team to overcome all the challenges that come with an encounter with whitewater rapids. The unique, intensely outdoor experience will get you into the heart of nature to enjoy the beautiful landscape of California in a way that will make you want to return again and again.

How Dangerous is Whitewater Rafting?

Your safety is important to us, and to that end we offer reliable equipment, training, and experienced guides that will help you enjoy the thrill of Kern River’s rapids without undue risks.

To provide the best experience for rafters of all levels of experience, our activities are broken down by the international river rating system. Class II through Class III rapids are perfect for beginner rafters looking for a fun challenge. Other parts of the river offer greater challenges for intermediate and expert rafters with Class IV and V rapids. Our experts are happy to speak with you so you can be confident about the level of challenge that will give you and your potential rafting team the best experience.

 

How Long Does a Whitewater Trip Last?

With Sierra South, you can choose what time frame works best for you and your budget. Our offerings range anywhere from 1-1.5 hours to a two-day overnight trip and everything in between.

Book a Trip Today!

Booking one of our rafting trips online is easy. Once you’ve found which offering has the best time frame and challenge suited to your group, you can complete your application 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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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.

Lickety Split Class II-III

Class II-III | Ages 6 & up

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

Lickety Split Class II-III

The world-famous Lickety Split is our most popular and most affordable 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 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 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. 

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 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.

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.

Forks of the Kern Class IV-V

Class IV-V | Ages 16 & up

The 2 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 Class IV-V

The 2 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.

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:

Monday-Friday  10 am-5 pm

Saturday-Sunday 10 am- 4 pm

Reservations:

Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm

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