Depending on the water flows each season, tubing typically begins during the end of June or July and into September. This is when the water levels on the Kern are lower and safe for inner tubing. Sierra South’s tube rental includes your inner tube, a life jacket, an optional helmet, and a single shuttle ride up to the put-in location.

Once on the river, you’ll float down approximately three river miles. Be prepared to get wet! Inner tubing is typically a “lazy river” float, however, there are four rapids on this class II-III section on the Upper Kern River. There might even be sections where you will need to get out of your tube and move it back into the current. Water shoes are required for all river tours! No flip-flops or bare-feet.

After your float, you will exit the river directly after the bridge in Kernville. This is the only bridge, so it’s hard to miss! Do not go any further passed the bridge, there will be no place to get out after this spot! Head back up to the shop after your float to return all the gear. Our shop is just a short walk back up the bridge.

This is an unguided tour that takes approximately 2.5-3 hours to float. The minimum age requirement is 8 years old. Alcohol is not permitted. Tubing is walk-ins only. Simply stop by our shop and get on the shuttle list!

Trip Overview


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3 hour rental

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Months of operation: June- September; depending on water levels

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Shuttles run approximately every hour. Call us for group reservations!

Requirements


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Must be at least 8 years old

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Must weigh between 50 and 275lbs.

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Must wear a life jacket (PFD)

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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!

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Customers assume all risk & liability, this is an un-guided adventure.

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We do not recommend anyone tubing who may be unfit or unable to get in and out of a tube multiple times. The river can get a little rowdy.

  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your desired or scheduled departure time.
  • Shuttles leave on schedule. Don’t miss the bus! If you arrive late your trip will leave without you.
  • No Alcohol is permitted on our shuttles or our tubes.
  • All of our tube trips may be adjusted based on water levels and/or other conditions

What to Bring


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Sunscreen

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Water bottle – hydration is essential

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NO CELL PHONES OR ANY VALUABLES

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NO CAR KEYS – You can leave your keys with our store staff in the retail shop

We Will Provide


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Personal Flotation Device

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Transportation