The Upper Kern Full Day Class IV offers thrill-seekers a full day of Class III-IV whitewater rafting, hitting the best sections of the river above Isabella Lake.
Kern River Class IV Whitewater Rafting Trip
The Upper Kern Full Day Class IV offers thrill-seekers a more challenging Class III-IV whitewater rafting experience. Spend more time on the Kern River navigating these rapids on this full-day rafting adventure in California. With easy road access and multiple put-in options, we pick and choose the best sections of river to run. All class IV trips start on the class II-III section of the river to better gauge the group’s paddling strength before heading to the Class IV sections of the river.
Schedule & Duration
Months of operation: March – September
Available daily at 8:30 a.m.
Six to seven hours
Must be at least 12 years old
Must weigh between 50 and 300 lbs.
Wetsuits are required for this trip until mid-June
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!
Max group size: 25 guests
We suggest you arrive at the store 30 minutes prior to your trip. If you have a group over 20 or are getting wetsuits, please arrive 45 minutes to one hour prior.
A hearty river side deli lunch is served mid-day.
All of our trips may be adjusted based on water levels and/or other conditions.
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 cancelled 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 cancelled 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 Upper Kern Full Day Class IV requires a minimum number 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 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.
Responsibility & Liability
All Sierra South whitewater rafting 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 not accompanied by their parents must bring a release form signed by their parent or legal guardian.
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.