“This Year’s El Niño Could Be the Strongest Ever Recorded”

-Time Magazine, 8/13/15

Get ready for an EXCELLENT 2016 Kern river rafting season. Read the Time article here. 

We’ve opened up our 2016 Kern rafting reservations. NOAA is forecasting an El Niño for the ’15-’16 winter, and if it occurs we will have the best whitewater rafting season in years. Combined with a return of excellent flows, and our trips limited capacity, we are anticipating high demand, and are encouraging guests to start planning their Kern rafting vacations now. Reservations can be made online, or you can email us for trip inquiries.

Why Choose Kern River Outfitters for your 2016 Kern River rafting trip?

We are a 5-Star, award winning, distinguished company.

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    • Award winning trips with an acclaimed outfitter.
    • Named a Top Outfitter on Earth by National Geographic. The only one on the Kern.
    • River guides that are the best in the business.
    • A Men’s Journal “Best Outfitter”. The only one on the Kern.
    • A welcoming Rafting Center with FREE parking.
    • Top-notch, carefully maintained rafting gear.
    • A knowledgeable and helpful office staff.
    • The most desirable overnight campsite on the Lower Kern River.
    • Meticulously prepared camp meals.
    • Pub and Grub, Whitewater School, and Theme Trips.

Every Section of the Kern River

We have a full permit on the Kern river, meaning we can offer trips on each section including the Upper Kern, Lower Kern and Forks of the Kern. This means that we have a trip for everybody: From high adventure, to a leisurely cruise, from 2-hours to three days, we are one of the few companies that offers it all.

Upper Kern

We offer full day, half day and 2-hour long rafting trips on the Upper Kern. Trips range in fun from mellow Class-II to big thrills Class-V. Our most popular trip is our full day rafting trip, which takes you through some of the best whitewater in Southern California.

See our Schedule and Rates.

Lower Kern

The Lower Kern enjoys a long season starting in Late May and running through the summer. A guest favorite is our Two-Day Lower Kern, which features a 20-mile, class III and IV run, with a night spent at our private campground, conveniently at the halfway point along the trip.

See our Schedule and Rates.

Forks of the Kern

Tucked deep down in a remote canyon, “The Famous Forks” is our multi-day wilderness, Class-V run. Featuring back to back Class-V rapids broken up with class III and IV whitewater, this is considered America’s most challenging commercial multi-day.

See our Schedule and Rates.