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Trip Info & Driving Information

Upper Kern Trips

MEETING PLACE: The River Place – 11252 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238

Lower Kern Trips

MEETING PLACE: 2712 Mayfair, Lake Isabella, CA 93240

Reservation Policies

In order to reserve space on any of our trips, you will need to call our office at (800) 844-7238 OR (800) 573-7238. We are able to give you information about the river and the surrounding valley as well as help you decide which trip will best suit your rafting abilities at the time. We cannot wait to hear from you!

Trips booked more than 30 days of trip date

Reservation is held 10 days pending receipt of deposit. If NO deposit is received within 10 days, the reservation is automatically cancelled. Please call immediately for space available to re-instate.

The amount of DEPOSIT is due as follows:

    Upper Kern Trips

  • The Sampler ($50 per person)
  • One Day Upper ($50 per person)
  • Lickety Fun Run ($50 per person)
  • Thunder Run ($50 per person)
  • Forks of the Kern ($100 per Person)

Lower Kern Trips

    • Picto ($50 per person)
    • Gusto ($50 per person)
    • Two Day Overnight  ($50 per person)  

All Payments, once received, are non refundable

The balance (full payment) is due 30 days before the trip date

Trips booked within 30 days of trip date

Payment in full is due immediately. Payment is non refundable.


Our cancel policy is firm. We operate under stringent federal regulations which restrict the number of guests per trip and the number of trips per season. We incur substantial expenses before each trip departs, and in the event of late cancellations, Kern River Tours is unable to recover costs, nor can we make refunds. Cancellations made at any time are subject to complete loss of trip cost. You are responsible to find a replacement person, that replacement person is responsible to refund you.

To change a reservation date you will incur a $30 flat rate charge per change. If trip is within 10 days of departure, there is no refund or moving to another date.

We do not refund in case of inclement weather (you get wet one way or the other!). Nor do we refund if you are not satisfied with the type of trip you have chosen. We do our best to explain the differences in the trips available, please read the literature and choose wisely.

If your reservation happens to be cancelled due to nonpayment and you would like to reinstate it call our office for availability. Payment must be made in full at the time of your reinstatement.

1-800-844-RAFT or 1-800-573-7238


Upper Kern Trips

*All trips please ADD 6% US Forest Fee to price

Upper Kern
DifficultyDay of the WeekPrice
Lickety Split, Single RunBeginner Class II-IIIEverydayAdults $50
Double Split, Two RunsBeginner Class II-IIIEverydayAdults $69
One Day Lickety Fun RunBeginner Class II-IIIEverydayAdults $110
Half Day SamplerIntermediate Class III-IVSunday-Friday
$119 Adults
$129 Adults
One Day Upper KernIntermediate Class III-IVSunday-Friday
$165 Adults
$185 Adults
One Day Thunder RunAdvanced Class VSunday-Friday
$225 Adults
$255 Adults
Two or Three Day, The ForksAdvanced Class V
(Call or Email For Dates)
Two Day
Three Day
$755 Adults
$955 Adults

Lower Kern Trips

*All trips please ADD 6% US Forest Fee to price

Lower Kern
(Mid June Through September)
DifficultyDay of the WeekPrice
1/2 Day Lower KernIntermediate Class III-IVEvery Day$120 Adults
One Day PictoBeginner Class II-IIISunday-Friday
$160 Adults
$175 Adults
One Day GustoIntermediate Class III-IVSunday-Friday
$175 Adults
$199 Adults
Two Day OvernightIntermediate Class III-IVSunday-Friday
$349 Adults
$389 Adults

Specials & Discounts

Family Day

Tuesday and Wednesday of each week is family day. On these days, children will receive 25% off with an adult paying full fare on a 2-Day, Picto, Gusto, One Day Upper Kern, or Thunder Run.

Group Discounts

Nonprofit, scout, church, and corporate groups qualify for a discount. In order to receive this discount, only one payment transaction will be accepted. This offer is available for trips on any day except weekends and holidays. Call us to receive a free Group Organizer Kit.

Booking Agents

Any booking agent will receive 10% of the cost of the trip after the trip has gone (weekdays only).

Return Customers (same season, Mon-Thurs)

Customers who return during the same season may receive a discount on their second trip. This discount applies to 1/2 day and longer trips and excludes holidays.Please call for other current specials, 1-800-844-7238 or 1-800-573-7238.

Local Accommodations

Snow & Flow

Kern River – Flow Information

Upper and Lower Kern River Snow Flow information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reservoir Report.

California Snow Pack Information

Produced by California Cooperative Snow Surveys, California – Nevada River Forecast Center and California Department of Water Resources. From California Department of Resources, Division of Flood Management.

From California Department of Resources, Division of Flood Management:

Weather Information

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