2024 whitewater adventures

Kern River Rafting

the best and closest rafting for all of Southern California

Kern river rafting on the Limestone section
The Kern River

World-Class Southern California rafting – Just three hours from Los Angeles

Our most popular trip

Active, Comfortable, & with an Award Winning Camp

Two Day Kern Rafting Safari

Class II, III & IV. With a beautiful high desert canyon, high adventure rapids, and an ultra-comfortable ‘safari style’ backcountry camp (think glamping), our two-day Kern river trip is one of the most unique trips in the west. Join us for some of the country’s best summer whitewater and a unique safari-style riverside retreat – all a short drive from LA.  Minimum age of 12 years old.

Sun – Fri: $700 / person. Sat: $750 / person

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Day and Half Day Kern Trips:

Options for first-time rafters, experts, and everyone in between. The Kern offers a staggering number of rafting options ranging from mild class III runs to some of the most spectacular Class V rafting in the West.

Prices range from $99 to $325

Half Day & Shorter
One Day River TRips

Big news for 2024

Kern River Outfitters is now Momentum River Expeditions. We offer world-class rafting & adventure travel Vacations in California and beyond.
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We are so excited about the Kern rafting trips for the 2024 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. Looking for rafting near Los Angeles? The Kern River is the closest rafting option to LA, only 3 hours away. Please call us soon to reserve a date or book online now.

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More five-star reviews than any other rafting company in Southern California.

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Why Choose Momentum for your 2024 Kern River rafting trip?

We are an award-winning guide owned and operated outfitter. You will enjoy world-class rafting trips with unparalleled personal service, a handcrafted quality and attention to detail, and one of the most experienced (and friendly) guide staff’s in the world. Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced paddler, join us for a Kern River rafting trip like no other.

  • A guide owned and operated company committed to amazing trips & our wild places.
  • Overall comfort: We have built a reputation for innovative and comfortable trips, our attention to detail, & our overall hospitality.
  • Safety: We have one of the most experienced guide staff’s top to bottom in the country.
  • Trips styles from luxury camping to youth focused – our goal is to get people on the river.
  • Luxury camping at our safari style Kern River Camp – one of the most unique river camps in the U.S.
  • Most importantly – we are friendly, passionate about the outdoors, & love showing people wild places.