“Big Five” One Day Lower Kern Trip Details
Trip Meeting Time
If waivers are already submitted, early arrival is not necessary. See you at 8:30AM
Trip Returning Time
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Trip duration varies due to
water flow and trip size.
Personal Information Form and Waiver
Click here to fill out and submit your waiver.
Each member of your party needs to completely fill out, read, understand and sign our Personal Information and Participant Agreement Form. A timely submission allows us to plan for any special needs. Joining a party? Please put the group organizers name in the “Name of Group Organizer” field located in the waiver.
Park your car at the back of the building and register inside. Although our parking lot is on private property, it is near a busy road. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle and make sure it is securely locked. No overnight camping is allowed at our parking area.
Lodging and Camping
There are plenty of lodging and camping options in the Kern River Valley.
View our lodging guide here.
View our camping guide here.
Notice must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Notice 30 days or more prior
$25 cancellation fee / person
Notice 29 to 14 days prior
$50 cancellation fee / person
Notice 14 days or less prior
We recommend you supplement personal insurance with travel insurance. Cancellation initiated by you may result in substantial loss of fees paid. Available insurance protects against the loss of deposits in the event you must cancel because of unforeseen circumstances.
Guests sometimes ask whether gratuities are appropriate. If you enjoyed your trip, please feel free to leave a tip with the Trip Leader. Guests typically leave 15% – 20% of the trip cost. Gratuities will be shared among all the guides on the trip.
Our Kern River trips are fun, fast and challenging. To participate, you should be in good health. You may also need to perform certain physical activities. These include basic swimming, hiking in rugged or uneven terrain, climbing in and out of rafts and assisting in your rescue, if that becomes necessary. Please let us know when you return your Release Agreement if you have any health or dietary restrictions. We will gladly accommodate reasonable dietary restrictions with adequate advance notice.
We furnish rugged inflatable rafts, 12 to 16 feet in length. We provide accessory river equipment, life vests, first aid and safety supplies. Do not bring your own life vest. Ours are approved for rafting and we require that they are worn by guests. On most trips, the majority of passengers ride in paddle boats. A paddleboat is piloted by a guide, assisted by four to six passengers.
It is sometimes necessary to cancel or modify a trip because of unusual circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, we cannot be responsible for paying expenses other than refunding all or part of the fees paid to Kern River Outfitters. Determination of refunds (if any) will be made after reviewing trip details. Guides and other personnel employed by Kern River Outfitters are not authorized to make or promise trip refunds or trip credits. Such determinations can only be made by company officers.
Trip participants should understand that river trips involve known and unknown risks. Kern River Outfitters assumes no responsibility for injuries, death or loss/ damage to client ̇s property while on the river. All clients must sign a Release and Waiver Agreement expressly acknowledging these points. Kern River Outfitters assumes no responsibility for vehicles and/or the contents of vehicles parked during the trip.
Minimum age of 12 years old.
The minimum age on our Big Five trips is twelve years old. This age limit is in place for the safety of your child, the safety of our other guests and our guides. This minimum age may increase with changing water flows.
Please do not bring alcohol on your trip.
We take a break early in the afternoon for a delicious, riverside, deli-style lunch.
For most of the summer, weather in the Kern region is very warm and sunny and you’ll be comfortable wearing light clothing. For early season trips, we sometimes require wetsuits. If wetsuits are required, we do not charge a rental fee.
Helmets are required on all outings.
Our guides are experienced skilled whitewater boaters. They are knowledgeable about canyon ecology and natural history. Should the need arise they are trained to administer First Aid.
On most trips, we capture photos of your raft. These are then uploaded and available for purchase at the conclusion of your trip.
Our trips are conducted under a permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service, Sequoia National Forest. Our permit is your assurance that Kern River Outfitters is legally operating on the river. Our operations and facilities are operated on a nondiscriminatory basis.
What to Bring
River attire should be casual and comfortable. Plan to get wet and bring a change of clothing. We recommend:
Sneakers, or river shoes/sandals with ankle strap. Please no flip flops, or Crocs.
Swimsuit or board shorts.
Strap to secure sunglasses.
Please do not bring radios, firearms, pets or valuables. Sun-sensitive persons should bring a hat and lightweight long-sleeve shirt. On certain early season trips when water and weather conditions dictate, we may require all passengers to wear wetsuits.