In 2017, we purchased a decent Garmin GPS and starting dropping pins on all the rapids on the Kern River. We then began uploading these into a database and labelling them. Over time we refined this data even further by putting it online (at first, behind a password protected page) and adding more indepth descriptions of the way points. It was always a fun side project that a handful of river guides would contribute towards off and on. Sometimes we would get a lot of work done, other times months would go by without a single addition or revision. Eventually, the projects scope came into focus: Our Kern River whitewater map and guidebook had arrived.
This will forever be a work in progress, but we think it’s pretty good so far. We have rapid descriptions, Google Map shuttle routes, mileage, and loads more. Our intended audience is experienced private boaters that are new to the Kern River. (As always, anyone that is new to a river should first go with someone that knows it. Don’t just drop in.)