Half Day Rafting on the Upper Kern

Season: Mid April – June

Our half-day trips provide a sample of some of the best whitewater in California.

Trip Meeting Time: 3PM

Minimum Age: 9 years old.

Trip Meeting Place: Kern River Outfitters Rafting Center. Google Map.

Rates: $119

Reservations: Please call us for reservations: 1-760-376-3370

Half-day trips on the Upper Kern meet at our rafting center at 3:00 p.m. These trips feature some of the best whitewater on the Upper Kern, from class III to IV, and normally cover six miles of rafting. These trips are not regularly scheduled so if you have a large group and are looking for more information, then please call or email us.

“…my 1st rafting trip. We tried the 1/2 day trip which included 2 runs…We were able to experience class 3 and class 4 levels. It was such a fun experience…We also bought the photo CD since the pictures came out with very clear, high clarity, and extremely close up shots capturing our rafting experience. One of my friends had pictures from another rafting trip she had been on before and the photos she received were taken from a distance and you weren’t able to see all the passengers clearly..but definitely not ours!”

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Do you offer group discounts?

We do not offer group discounts on our half day trips. They are available on our longer trips such as the Full Day Upper Kern or Two Day Lower Kern. Click here to learn more about our discounts available.

How far in advance should I make my reservation?

We take careful consideration when we schedule out half day trips, so you should get in touch with our office well in advance.

What’s the minimum age for this trip?

At normal water flows, the minimum age is 9 years old.

Are any meals provided on the half day trip?

No meals are provided on the half day rafting trip. We recommend you eat before your trip launch 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 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?

Yes, we have PDFs for both lodging and camping. Click here to download our Lodging Guide. Click here to download our Camping Guide.Click here to download our Lodging Guide. Click here to download our Camping Guide.

What’s the difference between the Upper and Lower Kern?

The Upper Kern is a free-flowing river, meaning the water flow is not controlled or regulated by a dam. This section of river then flows into Lake Isabella. The outflow of Lake Isabella is where the Lower Kern begins, which is a dam controlled river. Because the Upper Kern is not regulated, it means that its rafting season begins earlier and also ends earlier than the Lower Kern.

Below is a summary map of the Upper Kern. Plentiful road access allows us to choose the best sections of river. Please keep in mind that this map includes sections of river not run on our Half Day Upper Kern trip, including the Thunder Run and Kernville Rapid Run.