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The 2012 Season Is On It’s Way

By | 2016-10-26T18:43:13+00:00 April 4th, 2012|Categories: California Rafting, Forks of the Kern Rafting, Kern River California Rafting Whitewater Fun, Lower Kern River Rafting|

The 2012 rafting season is just around the corner and it promises to be yet another outstanding year here on the Kern River. Our Whitewater School launches on April 14th and we expect to be running Forks and Upper Kern trips from April 28th through June 17th. The Lower Kern will kick in on Memorial Day [...]

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Forks of the Kern Season is Now Open

By | 2016-10-27T02:52:41+00:00 June 28th, 2011|Categories: forks of the kern, Forks of the Kern Rafting, Forks of the Kern River Trips California Whitewater Rafting Class V|

Most years, our Forks of the Kern trips are just about wrapped up by July. This year, the Forks season isn’t even opening until July. The huge 2011 snow pack and early season high flows have allowed us to postpone these trips to take advantage of the long backslide of the peak runoff. What does that [...]

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The Great 2011 Lower Camp Wash Out

By | 2016-10-24T22:47:08+00:00 May 4th, 2011|Categories: California Rafting, Forks of the Kern Rafting, Upper Kern Rafting, Whitewater|

The storms of 2011 have deposited one of the best snow packs in recent memory, but they left a bit of carnage in their wake. Pictured above is a wash out at our Lower Kern camp. Guide Gary "Firestarter" Thornbrugh gives a little scale to the ditch the torrent of water carved. Word has it that [...]

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Forks of the Kern: July 10th, 11th, 12th

By | 2016-10-24T22:47:09+00:00 July 2nd, 2010|Categories: California Rafting, Forks of the Kern Rafting, Kern River California Rafting Whitewater Fun, Kern River Outfitters|

Pictured above is master guide Darby Vreven exiting from the "Thing" (the last hole in Carson Falls Rapid on the Forks). Darby is rowing a fully loaded gear boat on day three of the trip that came off the water last Sunday. It was absolutely glorious out there. This season has seen almost unprecedented conditions on [...]

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Vanessa Herrera

By | 2016-10-24T22:47:10+00:00 June 28th, 2010|Categories: Forks of the Kern Rafting, Kern River California Rafting Whitewater Fun, Kern River Rafting|

Pictured above is a beaming Vanessa Herrera standing guard below Carson Falls on the Forks of the Kern.Vanessa has been guiding with Kern River Outfitters since graduating from our guide training in 1998. A stand out during the course, she showed an innate aptitude for guiding and has long since become one of our top guides. [...]

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The Thunder Run

By | 2016-10-24T22:47:10+00:00 June 16th, 2010|Categories: forks of the kern, Forks of the Kern Rafting, Kern River Outfitters, Lower Kern River Rafting|

The Thunder Run is an exceptional Class Five 0ne-day trip on the Upper Kern. We ran one today and yesterday. The conditions are perfect: beautiful weather and exceptional water flows. Pictured above is our guide Scooter Carling and his raft of eager paddlers having the time of their lives dropping into Fender Bender Rapid. They were [...]

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Forks of the Kern River Video

By | 2016-10-24T22:47:10+00:00 May 21st, 2010|Categories: Forks of the Kern Rafting|

The Forks of the Kern, the crown-jewel of wilderness class V, was where 17 Kern River Outfitters' guides and staff found themselves on Tuesday and Wednesday. Each year we hold a staff training trip on the Forks and this year the two-day trip was an absolute blast. We took two paddle boats and three oar boats, [...]

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Ladies and Gentleman, the First Thunder Run of the Year is Now in Progress

By | 2016-10-24T22:47:12+00:00 May 7th, 2010|Categories: Class V Rafting, Forks of the Kern Rafting, Upper Kern Rafting|

They're off and running. The first Class V Thunder Run of the season is shown leaving the grounds and heading out for a day of rafting under crystal skies and warm weather. With the Upper Kern River running in excess of 2,600cfs, these folks are in for a fabulous day of playing on the river. If [...]

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Forks Road Currently Closed Due to Big Snow

By | 2016-10-24T22:47:13+00:00 April 28th, 2010|Categories: California Rafting, forks of the kern, Forks of the Kern Rafting, Forks of the Kern River Trips California Whitewater Rafting Class V|

Access to the trail head for the Forks of the Kern will be delayed this year. Due to the high volume of snow this winter and spring (the storms still haven't released their grasp on the Southern Sierra), Lloyd Meadow Road is still closed and will remain so for up to two weeks. The photo above [...]

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After The Storm

By | 2016-10-24T22:47:13+00:00 April 13th, 2010|Categories: California Rafting, forks of the kern, Forks of the Kern Rafting, Kern River Outfitters, lower kern, Lower Kern Rafting, lower kern river whitewater rafting trips kern river outfitters|

The recent spate of storms have left us wondering where spring went, but we can't help but be excited about the still growing snow pack. At over 109% of normal, we are looking forward to a long, fun Upper, Forks, and Lower Kern season ahead of us. Yesterday, the Kern River Valley was hammered by yet [...]

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