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2712 Mayfair, Lake Isabella, CA 93240
Phone: (760) 379-4616
Reservations: (800) 844-7238 or (800) 573-7238

In 1974, Kern River Tours became the first commercial rafting company on the Kern River, and our experience shows in our total operation. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality, most memorable experience possible. We are permitted to run all commercially run sections of the Kern River and have trips for all experience levels.

Our guides are among the most knowledgeable and friendly in the business, having run many different rivers. Their love of the river and people can be seen from their mastery of the rapids and the delicious meals they prepare. We recruit our guides from a variety of backgrounds and at the peak time of the season employ over 60 of them.

Kern River Tours has two meeting locations. Our main office located in Lake Isabella, was built in 1982 and serves as our reservations, accounting, and Lower Kern guest meeting center. On the Upper Kern we have recently constructed a meeting place for our guests known as the River Place. The River Place is on leased property located next to the river in Frandy Park, where camping and fishing are available.

We are continually striving to improve the quality and service which we provide.We are proud of our service that we provide and look forward to having you as our guest.  Come let Kern River Tours show you the time of your life on the Kern.

Kenny Bushling




Guide School

Kern River Tours offers a guide school each spring to bring in potential employees for the upcoming season, and to provide a course for private boaters on river running. The guide school itinerary complies with the United States Forest Service requirements for guide training.The goal of our school is to educate individuals on whitewater river running and the safety aspects that go along with the sport.

The school is held over a five-day period, usually in the latter part of April. The cost of the school is $445, which includes everything necessary throughout the five-day period of the guide school. You will be supplied with a wetsuit (bring your own if you prefer) and lifejacket. Food for the five days (12 full meals) beginning with lunch on day 1 and ending with lunch on day five will be supplied. Instruction on preparation of river meals will be covered.

Kern River Tours does select employees from our guide school to work in the upcoming season. The number of individuals selected depends on the need we have for the season, and that depends largely on the snow pack we received in the winter. Attending guide school does NOT secure you with a position as a raft guide with our company; it does, however, provide you with valuable information and experience that pertain to whitewater rafting. Guide school is a great place to meet people that have similar interests and to have a great time at a reasonable expense.

The school is limited to 25 participants and fills up each year. If you would like to attend the school for private knowledge or to apply for a job with Kern River Tours give us a call and request “guide school information”.

A letter and application will be sent to you, when you return your application and deposit a space in the school is reserved for you.

Call us at 1-800-844-7238 or 1-800-573-7238.



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2712 Mayfair, Lake Isabella, CA 93240
Phone: (760) 379-4616
Reservations: (800) 844-7238 or (800) 573-7238
Email: [email protected]

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