Tubing is now available! Call 760-376-3745 to confirm availability. Tubing is dependent on water levels.
Tube rental includes a premium-grade tube, life jacket, a single shuttle, and optional helmet, for a day of fun. This is a self-guided rental.
Kern River 3-Hour Tube Rentals
(Not a guided trip)
Once the water gets low enough, you can tube down the Kern River! 3-Hour Tube Rental includes a premium-grade tube, life jacket, a single shuttle, and optional helmet. We’ll take you upriver about 3.5 miles, drop you off, and you ride the river back down to our store. The trip usually takes about 2-2.5 hours depending on water levels and how many waves you find in which to play. There are two departure times available to pre-book, 9 AM and 1 PM. Walk-ins will be first come, first serve and shuttles will leave every half hour from 9 AM to 2 PM. Have your own tube? We do offer a shuttle only service. The last shuttle leaves 4 P.M.
Schedule & Duration
Months of operation: August- October; depending on water levels
Pre-booked Rental Times: 9 AM & 1 PM only (Other times available for walk-ins)
Limitations: Minimum of 2 people to book online.
Must be at least 8 years old
Must weigh between 50 and 275 lbs.
Must wear a life jacket (PFD).
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!
Customers assume all risk & liability, this is an un-guided adventure.
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
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 canceled 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 canceled 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. We will attempt to contact you if the minimums have not been met for the activity that you have chosen prior to the 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 trips and classes involve physical activity and include certain elements of risk. This is a self-guided rental and we cannot guarantee your safety. It is your responsibility to evaluate your level of fitness to participate in this activity and to follow our instructions, limitations, and restrictions. Seek medical advice before your trip if you question your physical condition. Tube rentals are for restricted areas only.
Everyone will be required to sign a release of liability/assumption of risk form and photography/video waiver form before departure. Minors under 18 must have an online release form signed by their parent or legal guardian.
No Unaccompanied Minors: Minors must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.
Click here to view location 11300 Kernville Road
Kernville, California 93238
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.