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Lower Kern Big Five Class IV

Class III-IV Ages 12 and up

  • Popular Trip!
Adult (Saturday)
Adult (Sunday-Friday)

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 run packs a serious punch. Five miles, five great Class IV rapids, one thrilling jump rock! When not getting drenched by glorious waves, enjoy a relaxing swim in the calm pools that connect the rapids. You can’t ask for more in one afternoon of whitewater rafting on the Lower Kern River.

Schedule & Duration

  • 2-3 hours
  • Months of operation: May – September
  • Trip Arrival Time: 10:00 am, 2:00 pm.
  • Trip Departure Time at 10:30 am, 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: 50 lbs (We may weigh small children)
  • High Water Protocol Minimum: Age: 14
  • Maximum Weight: 300 lbs
  • 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.

Additional Information

  • 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.

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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