The Kern River is back in a big way – we will be offering Upper, Lower and Forks of the Kern rafting trips for the 2017 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.
Our Most Popular Kern River Rafting Trips
Full Day Upper Kern
To have an unforgettable experience, join us on our most popular trip down the Upper Kern. Class III and IV whitewater.
Why Choose Kern River Outfitters for your 2017 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.
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.
We offer full day, half day and 2-hour long rafting trips on the Upper Kern. Trips range in fun from mellow Class-II to big thrills Class-V. Our most popular trip is our full day rafting trip, which takes you through some of the best whitewater in Southern California.
The Lower Kern enjoys a long season starting in Late May and running through the summer. A guest favorite is our Two-Day Lower Kern, which features a 20-mile, class III and IV run, with a night spent at our private campground, conveniently at the halfway point along the trip.
Tucked deep down in a remote canyon, “The Famous Forks” is our multi-day wilderness, Class-V run. Featuring back to back Class-V rapids broken up with class III and IV whitewater, this is considered America’s most challenging commercial multi-day.
Marketplace, a radio show by American Public Media, sent reporter Jed Kim to spend the day with us during our guideschool. The episode aired yesterday on NPR. "Massive snowfall brings reprieve for businesses that need [...]
By Matt Volpert| 2017-06-15T15:24:26+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Categories: Kern River Rafting|Comments Off on Marketplace on APR – Kern River rafting feature
"Return of the Kern: California Braces for Booming Paddling Season" Word is getting out that this year's rafting season will be one for the record books. Writer Eugene Buchanan caught up with us and wrote an [...]
By Matt Volpert| 2017-06-15T15:25:48+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Categories: Kern River Rafting|Comments Off on “California Braces for Booming Paddling Season”