Short Rafting Trips

The Kern River Rafting Experience

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 river for your trip in order to provide an incredible whitewater rafting experience.

How long does a short rafting trip last?

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?

All Kern River rafting trips provide a unique experience to submerse yourself in nature and adventure. Depending on your groups 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 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!

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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Lickety Split Class II-III

Class II-III | Ages 6 & up

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

Lickety Split Class II-III

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

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.

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, wildlife, jump rocks and plenty of 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, wildlife, jump rocks and plenty of opportunities to cool off with a dip in the water. No experience necessary!

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:

Open 9 am-5 pm Monday-Sunday

Reservations:

 Open 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday

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