The Big Five is an exciting afternoon run with five great Class IV rapids, an exciting Jump Rock below Horseshoe Falls.
Lower Kern Big Five Class III-IV
The Big Five begins at Delonegha Bridge and continues five miles downstream to Democrat take-out. This is an exciting afternoon run. Enjoy some of the best Class IV action on the Lower Kern! Five great Class IV rapids, an exciting Jump Rock below Horseshoe Falls, and a snack. There are calm stretches between the rapids to enjoy a cooling float.
Schedule & Duration
Months of operation: May – September
Trip Arrival Time: 2:00pm.
Trip Departure Time at 2:30 pm.
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!
Minimums: Age: 12 Weight: 50lbs (We may weigh small children)
High Water Protocol Minimum: Age: 14
Maximum Weight: 300lbs
Limitations: All trips require a minimum number of 6 guests. If participant numbers are not met we will notify you and provide various options for your trip to go.
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!
All of our trips may be adjusted based on water levels and/or other conditions.
We suggest you arrive at the store 30 minutes prior to the trip. Unless you have a group over 20 or are getting wetsuits, then please arrive 45 minutes to 1 hour prior.
Our trips leave on schedule.
Price does not include gratuity, so if you like the ride…it’s ok to tip your guide! Please bring cash for Tips.
You may cancel 45 or more days before your Sierra South trip date and receive a full refund less a $25 processing fee per person. Cancellations made 44 days or fewer before trip date are non-refundable. If you must cancel, please try to find a friend to take your space. All trips go rain or shine. However, we reserve the right to alter or cancel a trip/class due to high- or low-water conditions, other such uncontrollable situations, or insufficient reservations. Only in the case of canceled trips are trip fees refundable. Upon approval by our main office, refunds will be sent via mail. Refunds cannot be granted by guides, nor can refunds be given if you leave a trip or class early for any reason. 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.
Some of our trips require a minimum number of guests to operate. The Lower Kern Big Five requires a minimum of 6 guests. 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 800-457-2082 for up-to-date trip status.
Water Levels Change:
Trips may be substituted or changed due to water levels. Potential changes include, but are not limited to the following list: At higher water levels Inflatable Kayaking trips will be converted to regular rafting trips. Some Class IV trips may be converted to Class III trips and Class V trips may be converted to Class IV trips. During lower water levels, some Class IV trips will be rescheduled to our Class II & III trips. End of season trips can also be converted from rafting to inflatable kayaking or tubing.
Responsibility & Liability:
All Sierra South trips and classes involve physical activity and include certain elements of risk. We make every effort to run trips and classes in the finest, most fun-filled manner as possible. However, we cannot guarantee your safety. It is your responsibility to evaluate your level of fitness and to select a trip or class which is appropriate for you. Seek medical advice before your trip if you question your physical condition. It is your responsibility to follow our instructions.
Everyone will be required to sign a release of liability/assumption of risk form and photography/video waiver form before departure. Minors under 18 must have an online release form signed by their parent or legal guardian.
No Unaccompanied Minors:
Minors must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.
Click here to view location 11300 Kernville Road
Kernville, California 93238
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.