Reservations are open for the 2017 Kern River rafting season. Make a booking today.

The Kern River is back in a big way – we will be offering Upper, Lower and Forks of the Kern rafting trips for the 2017 river rafting season. Our license strictly limits the number of trips we can run. If you are planning a group or charter trip, or planning to join us on a weekend, early reservations are essential. Please call us soon to reserve a date or book online now.

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National Geographic

National Geographic Adventure honored us with the distinction of “One of the Best Adventure Companies on Earth”

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Men’s Journal

Men’s Journal named the outfitter of KRO as one of the nine best outdoor guides in America.

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1,000 Places

New York Times #1 Best Seller, “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” recommended us as the outfitter of choice for the Kern river.

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Why Choose Kern River Outfitters for your 2017 Kern River rafting trip?

We are an award-winning outfitter known for exceptional service and running carefully structured, exhilarating rafting trips with a crew of well-trained guides. Our goal is simple: Provide you with a whitewater rafting experience that is so much fun that you will return for another trip.

  • California’s best rafting trip is just a few hours from L.A.
  • Multi-Day and trips lasting just a few hours.
  • Rafting sections for everyone. Perfect for families or groups.
  • Sections with Class II rapids. Other sections with awesome Class V rapids.
  • Free parking at the KRO Rafting Center.
  • An office staff that is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.
  • A crew that is meticulous about preparing camp & river cuisine.
  • Top-notch, carefully maintained rafting gear.
  • Close to the historic town of Kernville. Plenty of activities.
Happy kid 'riding the bull' on the Lower Kern

We have three permits on the Kern river and offer river rafting trips on the Upper, Lower and Forks of the Kern.

Upper Kern River

The 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.

Lower Kern River

The 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.

The Forks of the Kern

The 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.

Trips are conducted under permit issued by Sequoia National Forest. Operations and facilities are operated on a non-discriminatory basis.