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The lower Kern River is located below Lake Isabella, officially starting in Keysville. Water flows for this section are controlled by the dam and are expected to be optimal for the 2018 season. Virtually uncrowded, this stretch of the Kern River is isolated in a high-walled canyon. The Gusto run includes fast turns, big drops, and some of the most thrilling class IV rapids found anywhere making for an exciting whitewater trip that you will want to share with your friends more than once. The lower Kern River also has a beginner class II-III section called the Picto, the perfect opportunity to reconnect your children to nature and cool off on hot days while still getting to enjoy some fun whitewater. With this unique variety of both relaxing and exhilarating whitewater adventure you can find the perfect trip for your whole party.

Choosing a Trip

Kern River Tours offers a variety of whitewater adventures from fun splashy waves for the whole family to outrageous rapids for the more experienced paddlers. Every trip offers excellent outdoor scenery and experienced guides to ensure a fun ride.

Not sure which Kern River whitewater trip is right for you? Our staff can help you determine the rafting trip you and your family will enjoy the most.


Booking Online is available for most trips! We do require 6 people to start a trip and can take up to 30 people per trip. If you have less than 4 or more than 30 in your group please call our reservation desk so we can make sure to get you signed up on the right day.


  • Full payment is due 30 days before your trip date. If booking within 30 days, full payment is due upon booking.
  • If booking more than 30 days before your trip date we require $50 deposit per person to hold your spot.
  • Our goal is to get you and your crew on the water, if you are running into issues with any of the above please call our reservation desk.

*All prices are subject to a 6% Government and Service Fee.


  • Groups of 10 or more automatically receive a 15% discount when you book online
  • Boy Scout groups, Church groups and other non-profits, call our reservation desk to receive 20% off your booking
  • Call us to see if you qualify for a discount on your booking!


Find your whitewater adventure!

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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Kern Express, Class II-III

The Lower Kern Express includes fun, splashy rapids, beautiful scenery and opportunities to cool off with a safe dip in the water.  This trip is...
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