Top three Kern River rafting trips you can book from your phone for the 2020 season

The best trip that we offer, period

Two Day Lower Kern

Starts at $350 / person
Minimum age is 16 until June 30, then 12
Trip meets at 9:30AM
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Most whitewater, shortest amount of time

Class III/IV Half Day

Starts at $119 / person
Minimum age is 12 years old
Trip meets at 2:00PM
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Best One Day Rafting Trip

Full Day Upper Kern

Starts at $160 / person
Minimum age is 12 years old
Trip meets at 8:45AM
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Exceptional river rafting trips with Kern River Outfitters.

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The 2020 Kern River Rafting season kicks off in mid-March on the Upper Kern River.

We are offering Upper, Lower and Forks of the Kern rafting trips for the 2020 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.

Why Choose Kern River Outfitters for your 2020 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.

More five star reviews than any Southern California rafting outfitter

  • Our trips get rave reviews on TripAdvisor, Yelp, Facebook and Google.

  • Our Rafting Center is just a few hours from L.A – no river is closer.

  • We have a wide selection of river trips of varying length and excitement. Class II to Class V. From just a few hours to a few days in length.

  • Our permit allows us to take big groups (and we love solo adventurers too).

  • We offer free parking at our Rafting Center.

  • Our guides are fun, interesting, and family friendly.

  • We use top-notch equipment, that is carefully maintained.

  • Our camp has the best placement in the Lower Kern canyon: Day 1 and 2 are evenly divided so you’ll spend the perfect amount of time on the water each day. No short or very long days.

Browse our hashtag to see what our guests post about our trips #goKRO

Forget the selfie stick, paddle with friends! This Forget the selfie stick, paddle with friends! This section on the Forks of the Kern is iconic: It's one of the few spots with calm water and your backdrop is of the Needles. From your first time through to your hundredth, you're probably going to take a photo here. #goKRO #kernriver #forksofthekern #needles

Forget the selfie stick, paddle with friends! This section on the Forks of the Kern is iconic: It's one of the few spots with calm water and your backdrop is of the Needles. From your first time through to your hundredth, you're probably going to take a photo here. #goKRO #kernriver #forksofthekern #needles ...

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Seriously one of the most fun things I have ever d Seriously one of the most fun things I have ever done! 🛶
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Kern River Outfitters have the best guides around!

Seriously one of the most fun things I have ever done! 🛶
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Kern River Outfitters have the best guides around!
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REPOST: Thank you @frugephoto for sharing this pho REPOST: Thank you @frugephoto for sharing this photo! Our Two Day Lower Kern trips are launching daily and we are STOKED with water flows right now. Photo taken at Hari Kari rapid. #goKRO #kernriveroutfitters #kernriver #justaddwater

REPOST: Thank you @frugephoto for sharing this photo! Our Two Day Lower Kern trips are launching daily and we are STOKED with water flows right now. Photo taken at Hari Kari rapid. #goKRO #kernriveroutfitters #kernriver #justaddwater ...

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Byron showing all the feels on a Big Five rafting Byron showing all the feels on a Big Five rafting trip. Water is at 1,346 CFS and is expected stay up until the end of September. #goKRO #letsgo #kernriver #kernriveroutfitters #yoTgrip

Byron showing all the feels on a Big Five rafting trip. Water is at 1,346 CFS and is expected stay up until the end of September. #goKRO #letsgo #kernriver #kernriveroutfitters #yoTgrip ...

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Gearing up for our first Forks of the Kern Class V Gearing up for our first Forks of the Kern Class V trip this Wednesday! Give us a call for more information on these epic Class V trips #goKRO #kernriver 
Thank you @frugephoto for this awesome shot of our Forks training trip!

Gearing up for our first Forks of the Kern Class V trip this Wednesday! Give us a call for more information on these epic Class V trips #goKRO #kernriver
Thank you @frugephoto for this awesome shot of our Forks training trip!
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Throwback to Ry pointing out the features of Royal Throwback to Ry pointing out the features of Royal Flush rapid, which we portage on our overnight trip. Any guesses on water level here?

#goKRO #kernriver #kernriveroutfitters

Throwback to Ry pointing out the features of Royal Flush rapid, which we portage on our overnight trip. Any guesses on water level here?

#goKRO #kernriver #kernriveroutfitters
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Boat spacing? Check. Sunblock? Check. Smiles up fr Boat spacing? Check. Sunblock? Check. Smiles up front? Check....Except Ry, but that's because he's focusing. Any guesses on the rapid? #happybirthdayRY #goKRO #kernriver #kernriveroutfitters

Boat spacing? Check. Sunblock? Check. Smiles up front? Check....Except Ry, but that's because he's focusing. Any guesses on the rapid? #happybirthdayRY #goKRO #kernriver #kernriveroutfitters ...

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Grab your chucks, rafting season is right around t Grab your chucks, rafting season is right around the corner.

#goKRO #kernriver #kernriveroutfitters #rei1440project #chucktaylors #upperkern

Grab your chucks, rafting season is right around the corner.

#goKRO #kernriver #kernriveroutfitters #rei1440project #chucktaylors #upperkern
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Top three Kern River rafting trips you can book immediately

Best trip that we offer, period.

Two Day Lower Kern

Starts at $350 / person
Minimum age is 12 years old
Trip meets at 9:30AM
Learn more

Book Online Now!

Best One Day Rafting Trip

Full Day Upper Kern

Starts at $160 / person
Minimum age is 12 years old
Trip meets at 8:45AM
Learn more

Book Online Now!

Most whitewater, shortest amount of time

Class III / IV Half Day

Starts at $119 / person
Minimum age is 12 years old
Trip meets at 2:00PM
Learn more

Book Online Now!