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Phone 1-800-573-7238 Email: krt@kernrivertours.com

Museums

Kern Valley Museum
49 Big Blue Road
Admission: Free
(760) 376-6683


Native American Cultural Center

Nuui Cunni Cultural Center

If you like to hike, there are definitely enough trails to last a lifetime.

Kern Valley Hiking Club

Southern Sierra Hiking Club

Trail of 1000 Giants (Giant Sequoia Grove)

Natural Water Slides/Tubs                  

Domeland Wilderness Area

Kern Historical Landmark Listing

Sequoia National Forest Website 

Lake Isabella Forest Service Visitor Center

Bird Watching – Nature Walks

Kern River Bird Preserve

Nature Ali-Nature Festivals/Wildflowers

Areas for Day Hiking at Kern River Ranger District:

   Alaska Flat Trail    Albanita Trail    Badger Gap Trail    Bald Mtn Trail   Bartolas  Trail        

   Beach Meadow Trail    Beach Ridge Trail    Bear Trap Trail   Beck Meadow Trail                        

   Big Meadow Trail    Bitter Creek Trail    Blackrock Mountain Trail    Blackrock Station Trail          

   Blackrock Trailhead    BLM Long Valley Trail    Bohna Ridge Trail    Bonita Flat Trail

   Boone Mdw Trail    Breckenridge Campground    Bright Star Trail    Brown Meadow Trail

   Bull Run Trail    Cabin Spur Trail    Campground Connector Trail    Cane Meadow Trail

   Cannell Meadow Trail   Cedar Cyn Trail    Cold Springs Trail    Coso Mine Loop Trail

   Dark Cyn Trail    Deadwood Trail    Deer Mtn. Trail    Democrat (accessible) Trail

   Domeland Trail    Dry Meadow Trail    Durrwood Creek Trail    Dutch Flat Trail

   Flynn Canyon Trail    Forest Highway 90 Trail    Granite/broder Cutoff Trail

   Granite/broder Trail   Grouse Trail    Haiwee Trail    Hobo Campground    Hobo Fishing Trail

   Hogeye Trail    Hooker Trail    Horton Trail    Isabella Peak Lookout Trail   Jackass Creek Trail

   Jackass Peak Trail    Just Outstanding Trail    Kennedy Meadows Campground     

   Kern Canyon Trail    Kern River Trail   Kern River Trail to Democrat    Lander’s Meadow Trail      

   Liebel Peak Trail   Lion Meadow Trail (KR)    Little Cannell Trail    Little Dry Meadow Trail   

   Little Horse Mdw Trail    Lookout Trail    Lost Meadow Trail   Mahogany Trail

   Manter Creek Trail    Manter North Trail    Mill Creek Trail    North Meadow Trail    

   Oak Flat Lookout Trail    Pacific Crest Trail Section 1  

   Pacific Crest Trail from Kennedy Meadows Trailhead   Pack Station Trail   Paloma Mdw Trail    

   Patch Corner Trail    Pine Flat Trail    Portuguese Trail    Potato Patch Trail   Powerhouse Trail    

   Rattlesnake Creek Trail     Remington Ridge Trail   River Trail   Salmon Creek Trail    

   Schaeffer Meadow Trail    Scodie Trail    Sherman Pass Trail   Sherman Peak Trail    

   Smith Meadow Trail    South Manter Trail    Split Mountain Trail   Stark Trail    Sunday Peak Trail    

   Telephone Ridge Trail    Tobias Creek Trail   True Meadow Trail    Unal Interpretive Trail    

   Upper Dry Lake Trail   Whiskey Flat Trail   Willow Gulch Trail    Woodpecker Trail    

​   Woodward Peak Trail    Woolstalf Meadow Trail 

For you fishing enthusiasts, there are plenty of serene fishing spots just waiting for you. Here are a few links to the fishing opportunities available when you visit the Kern River Valley.

Kern River Fish Hatchery                                                                   

Lake Isabella Fishing Derby $Cash$ Prizes in multiple categories.  

Kern River Flyfishing Guide Service

Southern Sierra Fly Fishing Club 
   

While rafting is fun, Kern River camping definitely adds to your outdoor experience. There are many places to camp in and around Kernville and we want to help you plan your perfect weekend adventure, with or without the kids.

Roughing It 

Are you the traditional camping type? We call that “roughing it” these days. Not sure if this is you? Can you go days without taking a shower, you’ve mastered the birdbath and you understand that sometimes you have to dig a hole to do your business? These are perfect campgrounds for you (maybe even a little too glamorous)!

Keysville, first come/first served

  • Location: On the lower Kern River right below the dam, 20 minutes south of Kernville, 11 minutes to Lake Isabella
  • Type of land: BLM
  • Facilities: Vault toilet- limited, NO WATER
  • Cost: FREE! Dispersed non designated campsites
  • RV/Trailer parking: Yes, limited
  • Dogs okay? Yes, please pickup after your pet!

 

Headquarters Campground, takes reservations

  • Type of land: Forest Service
  • Location: On the upper Kern River, 7 minutes north of Kernville, 25 minutes to Lake Isabella
  • Facilities: Drinking water, vault toilet, campfire rings
  • Cost: 6 people/site, starts at $28/night
  • RV/Trailer parking: Yes, 30ft no hookups
  • Dogs okay? Yes, please pickup after your pet!

 

Camp Three Campground, takes reservations

  • Type of land: Forest Service
  • Location: On the upper Kern River, 8 minutes north of Kernville, 26 minutes to Lake Isabella
  • Facilities: Drinking water, vault toilets, campfire rings
  • Cost: 6 people/site, starts at $28/night, offers group camp for 30 people
  • RV/Trailer parking: Does not specify, max length vehicle 40ft-back-in
  • Dogs okay? Yes, please pickup after your pet!

 

Thunderbird Group Campground, takes reservations

  • Type of land: Forest Service
  • Location: On the upper Kern River, 9 minutes north of Kernville, 27 minutes to Lake Isabella
  • Facilities: Portable toilets, campfire rings, NO WATER
  • Cost: 12-30 people starts at $40/night
  • Dogs okay? Yes, please pickup after your pet!

 

Chico Flat Campground, first come/first served

  • Type of land: Forest Service
  • Location: On the upper Kern River, 10 minutes north of Kernville, 28 minutes to Lake Isabella
  • Facilities: Seasonal portable toilets, fire permits required, NO WATER
  • Cost: FREE! Disperesed campsites
  • Dogs Okay? Yes, please pickup after your pet!

 

Camp with us!

The best campground around is included in our overnight rafting package. Spend two full days of rafting the lower Kern River and let us take care of the rest. End your first day of rafting by winding down at our private sandy beach campground, eat a huge dinner prepared by your raft guides and tell stories around the campfire. You really only need a toothbrush, sleeping bag and dry clothes to make this trip comfortable. We provide everything else you might need! Call us for more information or click HERE.

  • Type of land: Private
  • Location: On the lower Kern River
  • Facilities: Portable toilets, water provided
  • Cost: See our 2 Day Lower Kern options
  • Dogs Okay? No

 

Pack it in-pack it out

We have some awesome local volunteer organizations such as Kern River Conservancy and Keepers of the Kern that try to keep up with all of the trash left behind by visitors but they can only handle so much. Most of the campgrounds listed above provide a dumpster for your garbage. Please be sure to bring trash bags to keep your area clean. The best practice is to pack out what you bring if possible- especially if no dumpster is available or overflowing. Be respectful to the local wildlife and river, always leave your area cleaner than you found it. Thank you!

 

For more information regarding camping rules/regulations/restrictions please visit the National Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management.

Do you have a favorite dry campground in or around Kernville? We’d love to hear from you!

While rafting is fun, Kern River camping definitely adds to your outdoor experience. There are many places to camp in and around Kernville and we want to help you plan your perfect weekend adventure, with or without the kids.

One could say the only real camping is when you can’t take a shower for a week and your morning rituals include digging a hole. This is definitely an adventurous way to go but sometimes (or every time?) it can be pretty excellent to spend one of your few vacations a year in comfort, relaxing next to the steady flow of the river without having to smell your own BO. The older I get the more I enjoy the luxuries of “glamping” which seems to be getting quite popular with the increasing options that have been popping up. Everything from covered wagons to toy hauler trailers have made their way into the Kern River camping scene. 

Here are a handful of spots we think you’d enjoy. If you already have your favorite spot, we’d love to hear about it!

Camp Kernville

Every time we float by these guys at the end of the Lickety Split run they all look like they’re having a blast.

Site Accommodations:

  • 1 RV, 1 tent, 2 vehicles parked on your site, OR 1 RV, 2 tents, 2 vehicles parked on your site, OR 3 tents and 2 vehicles parked on your site
  • Community restrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry facilities
  • Dump station
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire rings with grills
  • Outdoor beach showers
  • Air compressor station
  • Deep-pit barbecue
  • Pet exercise area
  • Dogs: Conditional

Rivernook

The name says it all! A nice little nook on the Kern River with plenty of shade.

*May 1st -September 1st- Reservations will not be accepted more than 10 days in advance for stays less than 5 days. May 1st -September 1st is a 5 night minimum unless you call 10 days prior to arrival.

Dogs: Okay

James Camp at KRS RV Resort

http://www.krsrvresort.com/index.html

http://www.krsrvresort.com/accommodations.html

Campsite

Tent camping and full hookups for RV’s.

RV rentals – KRS

Don’t want to tow your RV or sleep in a tent? KRS offers RV rentals for your stay. RVs can be positioned in most KRS sites.

Tim’s Trailers

Delivered and set up at the location of your choice.

 

Cabins

400 sqft cabin with King-size bed and TV

Sequoia Vacation House

Fully furnished 3 bedroom, 2 bath house located just steps from the river.

Waterfront – Frandy Park Campground

• Available for tents and motor-homes. Waterfront sites are prone to flooding during the spring and early summer. Should your site flood or be considered unsafe, you will be moved to another site.

We get a lot of the same questions when people call to book whitewater rafting trips or inquire about the Kern River Valley. One question that we get the most is, “What else is there to do beside rafting?” It’s extremely difficult to quickly answer that question since this valley is so incredibly diverse in recreation. So we decided to lay it all out for you! The long answer (or at least resources to the long answer):

Mountain Biking

There’s a lot of biking to be had around here but for this purpose we’ll stick with mountain biking. With dramatic elevation changes throughout the valley and views of Lake Isabella from all directions our mountain bike trails are some of the best in the west. A few popular local downhill single tracks are Just Outstanding, the Cannell Plunge and Keysville Classic. Here are some resources to help plan your mountain bike ride.  

http://kernriversierra.com/bike.html

https://www.trailforks.com/region/kern-county/trails/

https://www.mtbproject.com/directory/8016104/kernville

https://www.facebook.com/KernRiverMountainBike/

Lake Isabella Recreation

Looking for some flat water fun after an exciting whitewater rafting experience? Lake Isabella is perfect and our friends at Sierra South will help you out with SUP and Kayak rentals.  https://www.sierrasouth.com/rentals/

If you are a wind chasing kiter here is a link with all the info you need to include kiteboarding in your vacation plans. http://kernriversierra.com/wind.html

Climbing

While it definitely gets too hot to climb at most of the local, practically in town crags, this doesn’t mean you can’t find epic climbing relatively close.

Sport and Trad:

The Needles 

Buy the new Needles guidebook

Dome Rock

If the weather is on the cooler side, a couple of the best local sport/trad areas are the Kern Slabs and New Directions

Buy a local guidebook: http://kernvalleyclimbs.com/

Enjoy your time in this beautiful land. And don’t forget to take care of the our precious outdoors, leave any area you use better than you found it. Together we can keep our public lands public and garbage free!

Photos by Black Owl Media

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