Kern River Area Activities

Our guests often ask about things to do in the Kern Valley before or after their rafting trip. On this page is a list of activities and tours that you will enjoy during your visit. Our office staff is local and we would be happy to help you plan your visit and recommend activities.

SUP and Kayak

We introduced SUP and kayak rentals for Lake Isabella in 2020. With our location just three minutes away from the Tillie Creek boat launch, you can go from rental pick up to paddling in no time at all. Our SUPs and kayaks are inflatable, which means any vehicle can transport them, even small cars.

Learn more here.

Mountain Biking

Bike Magazine says it best when it comes to riding in Kernville: “With an extensive and well-maintained trail system, Kernville boasts some of the best riding around, offering a varied assortment of trails suitable for all styles of riding…Kernville’s Cannell Plunge trail serves up 32 miles of singletrack, and in one section, drops 5,000 feet in just 8 miles. Can you say bomb fest?”

Learn more here.

Fly Fishing

The Upper Kern is a popular destination for fly fishing and with much of it being road accessible, offers miles of access. There’s a fly shop located right in Kernville and they can provide you with everything needed for a successful day on the water.

For the latest fishing report, click here.

Kern River Hiking

There is plenty of local hiking with varying degrees of difficulty. Within 5 minutes of Kernville, there’s the Whiskey Flat Trail, or for those looking for more terrain, the Rincon Trail to Salmon Creek elevates you 1100 feet and rewards you with a spectacular waterfall view.

View our Kern River hiking page here.

Kiteboarding and Windsurfing

Isabella Lake, just minutes from our Rafting Center, is a popular destination for kiteboarders and windsurfers. This is for experienced riders, as the wind can occasionally be quite strong.

Learn more here.

Isabella Lake

Located five minutes from our Rafting Center, North Fork Marina offers jet ski and boat rentals for you to enjoy on our local lake. Additionally, shore fishing on Isabella Lake is a great way to spend the afternoon.

Learn more about lake fishing here.

Kern River Fish Hatchery

The original Kern River Fish Hatchery was built in 1928 by the Kern County Fish and Protective Game Association. The hatchery remains open to the public and planting continues with one full-time employee, a Fish Hatchery Manager. This is a great place for kids.

Learn more about the fish hatchery here.

Giant Sequoias

The Trail of a Hundred Giants is one of the most popular day hikes in the Kern Valley. Located within the Long Meadow Giant Sequoia Grove, the second most southern grove where giant sequoias are found. The Grove contains 125 giant sequoias over 10 feet in diameter and 143 sequoias under 10 feet in diameter. The largest tree in the grove has a diameter of 20 feet and is 220 feet in height. The grove encompasses 355 acres. It is estimated the age of the trees in the grove are between 500 to 1,500 years old.

Learn more about the Trail of 100 Giants here.

Rock Climbing

If you’re a climber then you’ve probably heard of “The Needles” which are just a short drive away. More locally, we have the Kern Slabs which offers trad and sport climbing.

Learn more about the climbing here.

Kern River Preserve

The Kern River Preserve is managed by Audubon-California for the preservation of one of California’s finest remaining riparian forests and the wildlife it supports. It hosts special events throughout the year including informative nature walks, birding and educational seminars. The Preserve is located in Weldon on the South Fork of the Kern.

Learn more about the Kern River Preserve here.