Lower Kern River rafting--Southern California's most popular whitewater is perfect for families and first-time rafters

Lower Kern River rafting

In Sequoia National Forest, an easy drive from Los Angeles and Bakersfield, the lovely Lower Kern hides in its own special wilderness, a winding canyon overhung with willows, sycamore, and luxuriant maple. Our 1-day and 2-day Lower Kern trips are perfect for families, first-timers and experienced rafters alike.

Lower Kern ½-day rafting trip

  • Class II-IV
  • ~5 miles
  • ½ day
  • Minimum age 9
  • Meet time  11:00 am

Typical season:
April to September

2017 start dates:
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½-Day Trip - Lower Kern River
Trip Starts Adult Youth Group
Mon - Thursday $125 $112.50 $106.25
Fri and Sunday $135 $121.50 $114.75
Saturday $145 $130.50 $123.25
Subject to 4% River and Land Use Fee.

Trip Description

Includes cold beverage at end. Our ½-day Lower Kern trips take you straight to the stretch of river where conditions are best on the day you visit. Read the full trip description »

Combining highlights from our Jungle Run and Big Water Lower Kern trips, these trips allow you to see whatever part of the Lower Kern has the best water conditions at the time of your visit! These new trips are proving quite popular, so book your trip today.


Montage of a rafting trip on the Lower Kern River.


Typical season:
April to September

2017 start dates:
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Jungle Run 1-day rafting trip

  • Class II-III
  • 9 miles
  • 1 day
  • Minimum age 9
  • Meet time 9:30 a.m.

Typical season:
April to September

2017 start dates:
7 days a week

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1-Day Trip - Lower Kern River - Jungle Run
Trip Starts Adult Youth Group
Monday -Thursday $160 $144 $136
Fri and Sun $175 $157.50 $158.75
Saturday $185 $166.50 157.25
Subject to 4% River and Land Use Fee.

Trip Description

Includes bountiful lunch along river and cold beverage at end. Our Jungle Run white water rafting trip (scientifically proven to be far superior to Disneyland’s alternative) is a great choice for first time rafters and the perfect warm up for our “Big Water Run” Lower Kern Trip. Read the full trip description »

Pictographs on the Jungle Run section of the Lower Kern.Highlights include Tabatalabal Indian pictographs, a slickrock water slide and sculpted granite gorges. In places the river glides through dense foliage pressing in from both sides with barely enough room for the rafts to squeeze through. This trip is a good option for families with kids over the age of 9. We run the Jungle Run section of the Lower Kern on selected dates. Please call the office for details.

Jungle Run Rapids include Dilly, Oscar's Nightmare, Wallow Rock, Hobo and Miracle.


Montage of a rafting trip on the Jungle Run section of the Lower Kern River.


Typical season:
April to September

2017 start dates:
7 days a week

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Big Water 1-day rafting trip

  • Class III-IV+
  • 12 miles
  • 1 day
  • Minimum age 9
  • Meet time 7:30 a.m.

Typical season:
April to September

2014 start dates:
7 days a week

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1-Day Trip - Lower Kern River - Big Water Run
Trip Starts Adult Youth Group
Mon - Thursday $190 $171 $161.50
Fri and Sun $200 $180 $170
Saturday $225 $202.50 $191.25
Subject to 4% River and Land Use Fee.

Trip Description

Includes bountiful lunch along river, cold beverage at end. Our Big Water Run white water rafting trip is a great choice if you are looking for a more challenging one day rafting trip with family or friends and don't mind an occasional splash in the face! Read the full trip description »

Another beautiful spot on our Big Water Lower Kern River rafting trip.We raft past 2 natural hotsprings said to have miraculous healing powers.

The Big Water run includes the "big five" rapids: Surprise, Hari-Kari, Horseshoe, White Fluffy Bunny (Eat Rocks and Bleed) and Pinball. We run the Big Water Run section of the Lower Kern on selected dates. Please call the office for details.

Lower Kern Run Rapids include White Maidens, Sundown Falls, Silver Staircase, Preparation H, Hawaii 5-O, Arnie's Armpit, Surprise, Hari-Kari, Horseshoe, White Fluffy Bunny (Eat Rocks and Bleed) and Pinball.

Our Big Water Lower Kern River rafting trips offer the perfect level of excitement for family trips.


Typical season:
April to September

2017 start dates:
7 days a week

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Sierra Escape 2-day rafting trip

  • Class III-IV+
  • 21 miles
  • 2 days
  • Minimum age 9
  • Meet time 9:30 a.m.

Typical season:
April to September

2017 start dates:
7 days a week

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2-Day Trip - Lower Kern River - Southern Sierra Escape (PKG)
Trip Starts Adult Youth Group
Sun - Thursday $345 $310.50 $293.25
Friday $375 $310.50 $293.25
Saturday $425 $382.50 n/a
Subject to 4% River and Land Use Fee.

Trip Description

Combines the Jungle Run & Big Water Run into a fabulous 2-day trip. Fabulous meals including bountiful sandwich buffet along the river, happy hours hors d'oeuvres and awesome BBQ dinner the first day, cookout breakfast and lunch the second day and camping along the rvier’s edge. Read the full trip description »

Big splashes, big smiles on our Lower Kern River rafting trips.The Lower Kern is ideal for a 2-day vacation adventure and we start trips seven days a week. Our run starts off with Class III white water and steadily builds into Class IV. This trip is really, really lots of fun and one of our most popular - so book early!

Our Southern Sierra white water rafting escape takes off at a moderate tempo but gradually builds to a stampeding finish. The cool, clear flow of the Kern River alternately dashes through heaving rapids and canters through jungle-like stretches of lush foliage. At the close of our day, our guides serve delicious meals and we lounge under dazzling stars around a cozy campfire.

On day 2 of our trip, the river runs away headlong through a series of galloping rapids of ever-escalating intensity. In one place the canyon is completely choked with boulders and the rafts must be portaged around. As the homestretch draws near, the sinewy Kern explodes into gnashing, foam-filled eruptions of whitewater.

Lower Kern Rapids include It's a Dilly, White Maiden's Walkway, Sundown Falls, Dead Man's Curve, Royal Flush (Portage), Surprise, Hare Kare, Horseshoe Falls, Pinball.

Montage from a Lower Kern River rafting trip.


Typical season:
April to September

2017 start dates:
7 days a week

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