Half Day Upper Kern

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.

These trips aren’t scheduled as often as our Full Day Upper Kern outings, so we encourage you to inquire early to make sure we have space due to our limited availability.

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Arrive at our Rafting Center at 3:00PM and check-in with our staff. Once everyone has arrived the Trip Leader will give an orientation talk and the guides will hand out and fit personal flotation devices (PFDs) and helmets. Once everyone is ready to go, we load up on the bus and head to our put-in. At the launch point, guests meet their river guide and the guide then gives a Paddle Talk. Immediately following the Paddle Talk, the trip gets underway and each raft practices their paddling technique making sure their boat is ready for the whitewater. By this point the trip is officially underway!

Depending on water flow and group speed, we may kick it straight off with our Class IV section on Limestone, and run this section twice. Other options include The Wall, and other Class III and IV sections.

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.

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 12 years old.

Can I bring a GoPro or other camera on this trip?
Yes, absolutely.

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.

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.