Lower Kern River rafting -- Southern California's most popular whitewater

The lovely
Lower Kern

The most popular rafting trip in Southern California hides in a winding canyon overhung with willows, sycamore, and luxuriant maple. Explore & book »

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Upper Kern River rafting -- Class III-IV whitewater on a Wild and Scenic River close to Los Angeles

The 20+ mile
Wild and Scenic
Upper Kern

offers up a bounty of legendary whitewater: Limestone, Chamise Gorge, Powerhouse, Cables, Ant Canyon. Explore & book »

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Double Lickety Split -- a family friendly Class II-III whitewater sampler on the Upper Kern.

Double Lickety Split

A wonderful two-hour sampler of Class II and III whitewater on the Upper Kern. Explore & book »

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Black Bottom Falls--The Thunder Run is the premier 1-day Class V Upper Kern River rafting on the Upper Kern River rafting trip

Class V
Thunder Run,

an eletrifying ribbon of relentless, exploding whitewater. Crystalline water cascades down gorges of sculpturesque stone. Explore & book »

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The Forks of the Kern: a legendary wilderness rafting experience on the Kern River

A Legend:
The Forks
of the Kern

is one of the top wilderness adventure vacations in the world. Explore & book »

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Kern River Rafting

Southern California’s Whitewater Rafting Mecca

Not your first rodeo?
Know your trip? Then book it now:

A river rafter’s jewel in the heart of Sequoia National Forest, yet only three hours from Los Angeles. With river sections ranging from mild wave trains to wild roller coasters, there is Kern River whitewater rafting fun for everyone, from beginners to experts.

Kern River Valley: the perfect LA getaway

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.

Our Kern River rafting trips:

Lower Kern

Shoot family-friendly Class III-IV rapids on our Lower Kern River rafting tripsSouthern California’s most popular river trips—one- and two-day trips ideal for families.

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Upper Kern

Entering a rapid on an Upper Kern River rafting tripHalf-day and full-day trips on spectacular Class IV whitewater.

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Double Lickety Split

Double Lickety Split is a great trip for young kids, with a short time commitment and a minimum age of 5.This wonderful sampler of the Kern’s mighty spirit offers Class II and III rapids in a four mile stretch. Approximately 2 hours.

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Thunder Run

Continuous whitewater excitement on the Thunder RunAn electrifying day of Class V excitement on the Wild and Scenic Upper Kern.

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Forks of the Kern

The Needles rise above Forks of the KernA world-famous 2- or 3-day wilderness adventure in a Class IV-V whitewater paradise.

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You haven’t rafted in California if you haven’t tried the Kern!

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