Two Day Lower Kern Rafting Trips
Season: Late May – August
Our two-day Lower Kern rafting trip is the premier overnight rafting trip in California. Both days feature plenty of fun and Class III-IV rapids. Even if you’ve never been river camping or on an overnight rafting trip before, you’ll have a great time spending an evening at our spacious, riverside camp. It’s warm on the Kern River and no special gear is necessary.
Trip Meeting Time: 9:30AM
Minimum Age: 12 years old.
Trip Meeting Place: Kern River Outfitters Rafting Center. Google Map.
Trip Packet: Click here to download the Two-Day Lower Kern trip packet.
Rates: Starts at $350.
Reservations: Book online here.
Our Two-Day Lower Kern rafting season will kick off in late May. These rafting trips cover about 20 miles of fun whitewater, and feature exciting Class II, III and IV rapids. Our guides prepare all meals, and our camp is already set-up when you arrive. With the terrific weather, exhilarating rapids, and the Kern being the closest rafting to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Diego, our two day Lower Kern river trip is considered the best overnight rafting trip in all of Southern California.
Our Kern trips get talked about a lot. Highlights include National Geographic awarding us as “One of the Best Adventure Companies on Earth” and Men’s Journal naming us a “Top Guide in the Country“.
The Two-Day Lower Kern trip is hands down the best overnight rafting trip in Southern California: 1) Exciting and fun Class II, III and IV whitewater. Perfect for experienced rafters and families. 2) The closest rafting to Southern California, by a long shot. The Kern River is the closest two day river trip to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Diego by not only hours but also hundreds of miles. 3) A private campground used by only our company, and reserved for just your rafting trip, located conveniently halfway down the run.
At our riverside camp we have private sleeping decks around the site and provide every guest with a comfortable, thick mattress. Summer weather on the Kern is warm and you won’t need any special camping gear. If you don’t have a sleeping bag, bring some sheets and a light blanket or rent a freshly laundered sleeping bag from us.
We’ve made trip planning incredibly easy for you: First, find and book an available trip using our sophisticated yet simple online reservation system. Then, use this Google Map link to find directions to our Rafting Center and appropriately plan your drive to arrive on time at 9:30AM for the start of the trip. Next, review our Guest Trip Packet, and finally, sign and submit our Electronic Waiver Form. Additionally, for those planning on staying before or after the trip, we have lodging and camping recommendations.
Day 1: Arrive at our Rafting Center
Day 2: Back to the whitewater
Do you offer group discounts?
Yes. We offer group discounts as well as school, scout and non-profit discounts. Click here to learn more about our discounts available.
Which meals are included in the Two-Day Lower Kern trip?
We take care of meals starting with lunch on day-1, and end with lunch on day-2. Our guides prepare all meals including day-1 lunch, appetizers and dinner, day-2 breakfast and day-2 lunch. We highly recommend you eat breakfast before your trip launch on day-1 as rafting is a physically demanding activity.
How many people are in each raft?
Depending on group size and which boats we use, we fit between 4 and 6 guests in each raft. As often as we can, we try to keep groups together in the same boat too.
Can you accommodate dietary requests?
Yes. With adequate advance notice, we can accommodate special diet requests.
How far in advance should I make my reservation?
Our trips are limited in size, and we have just one trip per day. Because of this, we highly encourage you to make reservations early.
What’s the minimum age for this trip?
At normal water flows, the minimum age is 9 years old.
Can I bring a GoPro or other camera on this trip?
Yes! Take a look at our blogpost with some camera tips.
Do you have lodging or camping recommendations for before or after our trip?
What’s the difference between the Lower and Upper Kern?
The biggest difference is that the Lower Kern originates from Lake Isabella and is a regulated flow. This means that we have flows much longer in the season, as the river level is less dependent on run-off.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you must cancel your reservation, you may be eligible for a partial refund. Our cancellation 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. In the event of late cancellations, Kern River Outfitters cannot recover costs, nor can we make refunds. Written cancellation notice received more than 30 days prior to departure will result in a refund of trip fees less $100 per person. Cancellations within 30 days of a trip are nonrefundable. If you must cancel at the last minute, and do not have trip insurance, try to find a friend to take your place.
Who do you recommend for trip insurance?
We recommend you supplement personal insurance with travel insurance. Cancellation initiated by you may result in substantial loss of fees paid. Available insurance protects against the loss of deposits/full fare in the event you must cancel because of unforeseen circumstances. If you don’t have a preferred travel insurance company, some options are BHTP and Travel Guard.
Below is a summary map of the Lower Kern. All Two-Day trips start below Isabella Main Dam and end at Democrat Takeout.