The Kern River is one of California’s favorite white water rafting destinations. This Southern California River blends the natural beauty of the Sequoia National Forest with the raging rapids of the river, providing you with a spectacular day of sightseeing and adrenaline pumping white water rafting. Located in the heart of Sequoia National Forest, the Kern River offers a prime location that is just a few hours north of Los Angeles.
The Kern River boasts over 60 miles of commercially-run whitewater. With such an expansive stretch, this river offers a range of class II to class V rapids. California rafting trips take place along the Lower Kern River (below Lake Isabella), the Upper Kern (above the lake), and the renowned Forks of the Kern run.
The white water rafting season for Kern River begins in April, as the snow from Mt. Whitney begins to melt. Once the water is released from the Lake Isabella dam, the Kern river fills with raging waters which creates over 21-miles of raging white water rapids.
The Kern River is a perfect destination for all white water enthusiasts. The expansive stretch of the river provides rapids for all ages and experience levels, along with breathtaking views of the Sequoia National Forest. Whether you’re looking for a day of fun on the rapids, or a weekend packed adventure, the Kern River is your place to start.
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