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Join us this summer for an unforgettable whitewater adventure!

The Kern River Valley is the perfect vacation for the whole family!

We offer rafting trips from 1 hour, to 3 days!

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

Guiding whitewater in the Kern Valley since 1974, we are locally owned and operating out of two locations. Our Kernville location “The River Place” allows us to serve the upper section of the Kern River and our headquarters, “The Warehouse,” located in Lake Isabella accommodates trips for below the dam referred to as the lower section.

Kern River Tour’s expertly trained staff takes pride in the opportunity to share their deep love for one of America’s most exciting and versatile rivers with you, our guest. Friendly and welcoming, they are always looking forward to providing you with a fun and safe whitewater rafting experience that will make you want to come back again and again. If our guides are not enjoying the river with you we can usually find them playing on the water in one form or another.

We find great joy in being able to accommodate just about all ages and experience levels. From a short jaunt to a relaxing scenic day to a raging class V multiple-day wilderness adventure, we have something for everyone.

About the Kern River:

Located in California, we are just about three hours north of Los Angeles. A hidden gem nestled at the southern tip of the Sierra Nevada’s, the Kern River has over 60 miles of commercially run whitewater. The typical 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 its way down to the Lake Isabella reservoir. The water is then let out of the Isabella dam forming a 21-mile stretch of excellent, commercially run whitewater.

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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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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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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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