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Kern River Raft Trip & Kayaking Class Reservations

Payment Policies - Group Discounts - Cancellations - Responsibility - More Information

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Our raft trips and kayaking classes start booking weeks in advance, so make your reservations early. For Driving Directions and information on Motels and Campgrounds see our "Around the Kern" Resource Guide. Please review our Kayaking and Rafting float notes (PDF) to see how to get to Kernville, what you need to bring, and other important information.

Payment Policies

A 50% deposit is required when you make your reservation. Balance is due 45 days prior to your trip/class. Reservations made less than 45 days before your trip require immediate payment in full. Payment is easiest with a credit card (VISA/MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) on-line or over the phone. Please note we charge $45 for all returned checks. Once full payment is received, we will send you final confirmation and more information about your trip. Some trips are subject to an additional land and government use fee of 5%. You will be notified at the time of your booking.

Group Discounts

Group discounts can be earned for most of our trips. We are sorry, but group discounts are not available on Saturday starts or Holidays. To qualify for group discounts you must meet the minimum group numbers, pay your deposit and final payment with one credit card or check, and pay by the required dates, or revert to normal rates.

For every confirmed Class III Lickety Split, Lickety Blaster, Lickety Inflatable Kayak, or Lickety Combo reservation of 12 people, one goes free except Saturdays or Holidays.

On our Upper Kern trips, any group of 12 or more qualifies for a 10% discount any day except Saturdays or Holidays. Note: Large school groups are usually quoted separately. They are already discounted and do not qualify for any of the above discounts.

Charter a full group of 15 guests on the Forks of the Kern and one goes free, except Saturdays or Holiday starts.

For any confirmed Kayak or Climbing class of 10 (full charter) one goes free.

NOTE: School programs are already group discounted and do not qualify for any of the above discounts.


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 less before trip date are non-refundable. If you must cancel , 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 due to water conditions or insufficient reservations, in which case, only your trip fees are refundable. Refunds cannot be granted by guides and must be approved by our main office. No refunds will be given if you are injured, sick, or leave a trip or class early for any other reason. Sierra South is not liable for other costs incurred in association with a cancelled trip. We suggest trip insurance such as to cover any unexpected situations.

Responsibility and 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 not accompanied by their parents must bring a release form signed by their parent or legal guardian. Click here to download the Release Form. (PDF)


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