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The Kern River Valley is an amazing vacation for the whole family. 

Kern River Tours established the first whitewater rafting company on the Kern River in 1974.

The Kern River has over 60 miles of commercially-run whitewater.

Located in California, we are just three hours north of Los Angeles in the Sequoia National Forest.

Kern River Tours offers trips to suit all ages and experience levels. Raft trips from 1 hour to 3 days.

Whether you are looking for a short mild jaunt, or a raging class V multiple-day wilderness adventure,

We have it waiting for you!

Welcome to Kern River Tours

Our entire staff is looking forward to exceeding your expectations and providing you with a quality outdoor experience.

About the Kern River:

Located in California, we are just three hours north of Los Angeles in the Sequoia National Forest. The Kern River has over 60 miles of commercially-run whitewater.

The season begins in April as the snow pack from the western slope of the highest peak in the continental United States, Mt. Whitney, begins to melt. This snow melt drains into the upper river basin and makes it way down to the Lake Isabella reservoir. The water is then let out of the Isabella dam forming a 21-mile stretch of excellent whitewater. On the Lower Kern, we run one and two-day whitewater trips into September.

We look forward to serving you and providing you with a quality outdoor experience. Our staff is excited each year to help meet the needs of our guests and get them out on the river. We are proud to work in such an enjoyable and exciting occupation and on one of America’s most exciting and versatile rivers. We look forward to the great times ahead with you as our guest.

We take pride in being able to accommodate just about all age and experience levels you can bring. Our company operates on all commercial sections of the Kern, including the Forks, high in the Golden Trout Wilderness of the Southern Sierra. Whether you are looking for a short mild jaunt or a raging class V multiple-day wilderness adventure, we have it waiting for you and your group.

Our guides are among the most knowledgeable and friendly in the business, having run many different rivers. Their love of whitewater and people can be seen from their mastery of the rapids and the delicious meals they prepare.

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Two Day Overnight, Class III-IV

The ultimate in overnight white water adventure! The two days you spend with us on the Lower Kern will be an unforgettable experience which will...
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One Day, Picto, Class II-III

This one day Lower Kern River trip is a mellow, easy going trip, through a variety of terrain ranging from granite boulder slabs to sections...
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One Day, Gusto, Class III-IV

Another action-packed 1-day trip and the most exciting day of the 2-day Lower Kern trip is a favorite. This exhilarating white water adventure...
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The ultimate in overnight white water adventure! The two days you spend with us on the Lower Kern will be an unforgettable experience which will keep you talking about it to your friends and family for years.
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