The closest whitewater destination to Los Angeles offers fun on and off the water. 60 miles and 5 separate sections of whitewater make the trip worthwhile for all levels of rafter—from families and first-timers to the most experienced.
Off the water, the Kern River Valley makes a classic SoCal destination for groups of friends, family reunions, and romantic escapes. Soak in numerous natural hot springs, or sample the Valley’s fishing, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, water skiing, windsurfing, birding, rock climbing, jet skiing and four wheeling, all readily available in this Southern Californian vacation wonderland.
Accomodations abound in Kernville, along with plentiful camping, including some free campgrounds. To help you plan your visit to the Kern River Valley, we’ve put together the Whitewater Voyages Recreation Guide to Sequoia National Forest and the Kern River Valley (PDF). We also suggest the “Adventure in the Kern Valley” map and information sheet created by the Kernville Chamber of Commerce.
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