Top three Kern River rafting trips you can book immediately

The best trip that we offer, period

Two Day Lower Kern

TWO DAY SEASON HAS CONCLUDED
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 trip for families with young kids

Class II/III Half Day

Starts at $119 / person
Minimum age is 8 years old
Trip meets at 1:00PM
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Exceptional river rafting trips with Kern River Outfitters.

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The 2019 Kern River Rafting season ends on September 22. Make a reservation soon!

We are offering Upper, Lower and Forks of the Kern rafting trips for the 2019 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 2019 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 other outfitter in Southern California

  • 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

Instagram post 17868954343121529 What makes the Kern so great? Exciting whitewater, beauty, and accessibility are high on the list. We're the closest river rafting option for all of Southern California and this is a whitewater season you do not want to miss. Book online today. #goKRO #kernriveroutfitters #kernriver #forksofthekern #whitewater #happyfriday #sequioanationalpark #sequioa #sequoianationalforest

PS: Can you find our rafts?

What makes the Kern so great? Exciting whitewater, beauty, and accessibility are high on the list. We're the closest river rafting option for all of Southern California and this is a whitewater season you do not want to miss. Book online today. #goKRO #kernriveroutfitters #kernriver #forksofthekern #whitewater #happyfriday #sequioanationalpark #sequioa #sequoianationalforest

PS: Can you find our rafts?
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Instagram post 17992083484210840 Fun Tuesday on the Upper Kern! #goKRO #upperkern #sequoianationalforest #kernrafting #whitewaterrafting #kernriver #optoutside #southerncalifornia #adventuretime

Fun Tuesday on the Upper Kern! #goKRO #upperkern #sequoianationalforest #kernrafting #whitewaterrafting #kernriver #optoutside #southerncalifornia #adventuretime ...

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Instagram post 18095990953020080 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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Instagram post 17872786750122333 GUIDE PHOTO OF THE YEAR: It's not even July yet, but this is the one. Billy Big Water expressing what we've been feeling for months - absolute amazement about how incredible the water is. This rafting season is the powder days of powder days, the double overhead of overheads, the highest stoke of the stoke. Are you in? #goKRO #goKRO #goKRO #lowerkern #kernriveroutfitters #sequioanationalpark #kernriver #sequoianationalforest #greatoutdoors #rei1440project #getoutside #whitewater #bigwater #billybigwater

GUIDE PHOTO OF THE YEAR: It's not even July yet, but this is the one. Billy Big Water expressing what we've been feeling for months - absolute amazement about how incredible the water is. This rafting season is the powder days of powder days, the double overhead of overheads, the highest stoke of the stoke. Are you in? #goKRO #goKRO #goKRO #lowerkern #kernriveroutfitters #sequioanationalpark #kernriver #sequoianationalforest #greatoutdoors #rei1440project #getoutside #whitewater #bigwater #billybigwater ...

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Instagram post 17864749693151367 Happy Friday from (some) of the staff at Kern River Outfitters! #goKRO #kernriveroutfitters #sequioanationalpark #kernriver #sequoianationalforest #greatoutdoors #rei1440project #getoutside #whitewater #bigwater #whitewatercowboys #raftCA  #theoutsideway #travelexplorelive #getoutthere #lifeofadventure #keepitcontagious #wildernessquest #theoutbound #keepexploring #meetthemoment #betteroutthere #makeadventure #travelstoke #neverstopexploring #lifeofadventure #travelexplorelive #getoutthere #guidevibes

Happy Friday from (some) of the staff at Kern River Outfitters! #goKRO #kernriveroutfitters #sequioanationalpark #kernriver #sequoianationalforest #greatoutdoors #rei1440project #getoutside #whitewater #bigwater #whitewatercowboys #raftCA #theoutsideway #travelexplorelive #getoutthere #lifeofadventure #keepitcontagious #wildernessquest #theoutbound #keepexploring #meetthemoment #betteroutthere #makeadventure #travelstoke #neverstopexploring #lifeofadventure #travelexplorelive #getoutthere #guidevibes ...

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Instagram post 17878548796102957 All smiles on the Lower Kern. We just lowered our minimum age to 12 years old. Bring the family, the whitewater is terrific. #goKRO #kernriveroutfitters #drawntowater #guidevibes #optoutside #rei1440project #drawntowater #lowerkern #wanderlust #travelstoke #adventure #wildernessculture #optoutside #exploremore #getoutside #sequoia #travelgram #rivers #thegreatoutdoors #neverstopexploring #theoutbound #outdoors #travelgram

All smiles on the Lower Kern. We just lowered our minimum age to 12 years old. Bring the family, the whitewater is terrific. #goKRO #kernriveroutfitters #drawntowater #guidevibes #optoutside #rei1440project #drawntowater #lowerkern #wanderlust #travelstoke #adventure #wildernessculture #optoutside #exploremore #getoutside #sequoia #travelgram #rivers #thegreatoutdoors #neverstopexploring #theoutbound #outdoors #travelgram ...

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Instagram post 17881216072117428 Halloween came early! There's a guide in there, somewhere. Dillon going over the drop at Carson Falls. #goKRO #kernriveroutfitters #drawntowater #guidevibes #optoutside #rei1440project #drawntowater #lowerkern #wanderlust #travelstoke #adventure #wildernessculture #optoutside #exploremore #getoutside #sequoia #travelgram #rivers #thegreatoutdoors #neverstopexploring #theoutbound #outdoors #travelgram #govimbly #visitkern

Halloween came early! There's a guide in there, somewhere. Dillon going over the drop at Carson Falls. #goKRO #kernriveroutfitters #drawntowater #guidevibes #optoutside #rei1440project #drawntowater #lowerkern #wanderlust #travelstoke #adventure #wildernessculture #optoutside #exploremore #getoutside #sequoia #travelgram #rivers #thegreatoutdoors #neverstopexploring #theoutbound #outdoors #travelgram #govimbly #visitkern ...

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Instagram post 17894040229044392 The view from the Lake Isabella Dam yesterday evening. #goKRO #lake #sunset #guidelife #kernriver #lakeisabella

The view from the Lake Isabella Dam yesterday evening. #goKRO #lake #sunset #guidelife #kernriver #lakeisabella ...

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Instagram post 17860610740188858 Quick, group photo! This is from a charter trip a few weeks back on the Lower Kern. So. Much. Fun. #goKRO #kernriveroutfitters #sequioanationalpark #kernriver #sequoianationalforest #greatoutdoors #rei1440project #getoutside #whitewater #bigwater #whitewatercowboys #raftCA  #theoutsideway #travelexplorelive #getoutthere #lifeofadventure #wildernessquest #theoutbound #keepexploring #meetthemoment #makeadventure #soultravelers #travelstoke #neverstopexploring #lifeofadventure

Quick, group photo! This is from a charter trip a few weeks back on the Lower Kern. So. Much. Fun. #goKRO #kernriveroutfitters #sequioanationalpark #kernriver #sequoianationalforest #greatoutdoors #rei1440project #getoutside #whitewater #bigwater #whitewatercowboys #raftCA #theoutsideway #travelexplorelive #getoutthere #lifeofadventure #wildernessquest #theoutbound #keepexploring #meetthemoment #makeadventure #soultravelers #travelstoke #neverstopexploring #lifeofadventure ...

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Top three Kern River rafting trips you can book immediately

Best trip for families with young kids

Class II/III Half Day

Starts at $119 / person
Minimum age is 8 years old
Trip meets at 1:00PM
Learn more

Book Online Now!

Best trip that we offer, period.

Two Day Lower Kern

Starts at $350 / person
Minimum age: 16 until 6/30, then 12
Trip meets at 9:30AM
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!