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Sierra South's Kern River Kayaking School

Join us as we celebrate our 26th year in business. We are proud of our status as the premier paddlesports school in Southern and Central California. We have been teaching classes and offering tours in kayaking, climbing, hiking, and camping to thousands of people since 1985. We are the oldest, largest, and most experienced kayaking school in Southern California. Operating under permit with the Sequoia National Forest, trips are conducted on the Wild & Scenic Kern River, at Isabella Lake, and in the majestic mountains of the Southern Sierra Nevada.

It is Sierra South's style to provide you with the best possible paddling experience. We provide:

If you accompany someone taking a kayaking or climbing course, there are numerous other activities Sierra South offers, including short raft trips suitable for the first-time whitewater adventurer.

Kernville is a little river town with a big-time image. We have been named the best paddling town in America by Sports Afield, and one of America's best by Paddler and Conoe & Kayak magazines. We have been featured in magazines such as Shape, Paddler, Women's Sports & Fitness, People, River, and Canoe & Kayak. Our "Hollywood" guides and instructors have worked with TV crews from Home Improvement, Discovery Channel, Junkyard Wars, The Outdoor Life Network, and a famous Japanese talk show called "Doki-Doki." We've worked on commercials for the Nissan X-Terra, Blue Cross, Timberland, and Wendy's. Look carefully for pick up shots of the Kern River in the movoes "K-Pax" and "Jurassic Park III". We even won a Location Scouting Award for the waterfall fishing shot in the movie "Hanging Up"

What makes us so special? The Kern River and Sequoia National Forest's dramatic beauty, and consistently mild climate are ideal for whitewater and lake kayaking, rafting, climbing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and fishing. Isabella Lake offers great recreational paddling year-round with a long, warm summer season and abundant migratory waterfowl sightings during the fall/winter/spring months. We have expanded our Isabella Lake classes by offering more fun tours for the recreational paddler in our very popular sit-on-top and recreational kayaks. These flatwater trips are easy for casual paddlers of all ages.

On our river classes, check out our 5 Day Total Kayaking Immersion class. We have expanded our popular Private Instruction (P.I.) to include ½ days. Read about our climbing programs and custom group programs. Bring the kids up for a Rafting/Pizza Birthday Party. Visit our full service website at for river notes, hourly river flows, weather, class schedules, trip reservations, and an online store full of boats and gear.

We keep evolving and improving to maintain our reputation as a great adventure destination and #1 Paddling Center for Southern California (and beyond!). Call us, and make your reservation today for a great getaway with Sierra South!

Tom & Marianne, Sierra South

Store: 760-376-3745  Mail Order: 800-376-7303  Reservations: 800-457-2082

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