Which Kern river trip is right for me?

At Kern River Outfitters we’re here to help you find the best trip for your group or family. Upper Kern or Lower Kern? Half day or two day? The trip picker below will help you narrow down our trip options based on date, and will give you suggestions on your groups dynamics.

How to use the trip picker

Start by selecting a month that you are able to join us. From there, trip options will appear. Below the trip boxes, we have suggestions based on our experience of which trips fit different groups. To get more info on a rafting trip, scroll over a trip box and select ‘Learn More’. Trip prices do not include 6% Government and Service Fee.

The Upper Kern begins flowing in April, with our season kick off occurring April 1, 2017. We have daily launches of our Full Day Upper Kern, and some starts of our Half Day and Kernville Rapid Run. The Thunder Run is water level dependent, and occasionally opens up in April.

Full Day Upper Kern

Most Popular Trip in April
Price: Starts at $160 / person
Trip length: 1 Day
Minimum age: 12
Best for: Beginners and experienced rafters
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Half Day Upper Kern

Class III/IV Whitewater
Price: Starts at $119 / person
Trip length: 1/2 Day
Minimum age: 12
Best for: Those short on time
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Kernville Rapid Run

Our shortest trip
Price: $60 / person
Trip length: ~2 hours
Minimum age: 8
Best for: Young families
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Thunder Run

One Day, Class-V
Price: $299 / person
Meet time: 8:30AM
Minimum age: 16
Best for: Experienced rafters in good physical condition
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The Full Day Upper Kern has fun class-IV rapids. This is a great whitewater trip.

Our Full Day Upper Kern is beginner friendly and is the most popular for people that have never rafted before.

For those under the age of 12, then we suggest our Kernville Rapid Run, which is a shorter trip and has a minimum age of 8.
The Half Day Upper Kern meets at 3pm and still tackles decent whitewater.
 In April, our Full Day Upper Kern offers the highest value of trips available.
 If the flows are right and your group can go midweek, then our Thunder Run is our Class-V one day rafting trip.

May brings warmer weather, and our runoff begins to arrive, pushing our Upper Kern season into full swing. Full Day Upper Kern trips launching daily with some halfday and Kernville Rapid Runs. Water level depending, the Thunder Run will have midweek launches. Finally, the Forks of the Kern will begin operations in mid-May.

Full Day Upper Kern

Most Popular Trip in May
Price: Starts at $160 / person
Trip length: 1 Day
Minimum age: 12
Best for: Beginners and experienced rafters
Learn More

Half Day Upper Kern

Class III/IV Whitewater
Price: Starts at $119 / person
Trip length: 1/2 Day
Minimum age: 12
Best for: Those short on time
Learn More

Kernville Rapid Run

Our shortest trip
Price: $60 / person
Trip length: ~2 hours
Minimum age: 8
Best for: Young families
Learn More

Thunder Run

One Day, Class-V
Price: $299 / person
Meet time: 8:30AM
Minimum age: 16
Best for: Experienced rafters in good physical condition
Learn More

Forks of the Kern

Class-V, Two Day Trip
Price: $749 / person
Trip length: Two days
Minimum age: 16
Best for: Experienced rafters in good physical condition
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The Full Day Upper Kern has fun class-IV rapids. This is a great whitewater trip.

Our Full Day Upper Kern is beginner friendly and is the most popular for people that have never rafted before.

For those under the age of 12, then we suggest our Kernville Rapid Run, which is a shorter trip and has a minimum age of 8.
In May, the Forks of the Kern will have trips launching, which is our Class-V, two day river rafting trip.
The Half Day Upper Kern meets at 3pm and still tackles decent whitewater.
 In May, our Full Day Upper Kern offers the highest value of trips available.
 If the flows are right and your group can go midweek, then our Thunder Run is our Class-V one day rafting trip. Additionally, The Forks of the Kern will have launches in May, which is our two-day, Class-V, wilderness trip.

June is typically when our Lower Kern season begins. While all trips are listed below, please check online reservations or call our office to see which trip options are available.

Two Day Lower Kern

Most popular trip
Price: Starts at $350 / person
Meet time: 9:30AM
Minimum age: 12
Most popular trip we offer
Learn More

Full Day Upper Kern

TripAdvisor favorite
Price: Starts at $160 / person
Trip length: 1 Day
Minimum age: 12
Best for: Beginners and experienced rafters
Learn More

Half Day Upper Kern

Class III/IV Whitewater
Price: Starts at $119 / person
Trip length: 1/2 Day
Minimum age: 12
Best for: Those short on time
Learn More

Kernville Rapid Run

Our shortest trip
Price: $60 / person
Trip length: ~2 hours
Minimum age: 8
Best for: Young families
Learn More

In June, we have three great trips for those looking for Class-IV: The Two Day Lower Kern, Full Day Upper Kern, and Half Day Upper Kern.

In normal water conditions, all of our trips are beginner friendly. Our most popular trip for beginners is our Two Day Lower Kern and Full Day Upper Kern.

For those under the age of 12, then we suggest our Kernville Rapid Run, which is a shorter trip and has a minimum age of 8.
Our Two Day Lower Kern is the best overnight rafting trip, arguably in all of California.
Either of our half day trips are geared towards those that can’t spend the entire day with us. Please call our office to see which we have scheduled as we transition from the Upper to Lower Kern.
Our Two Day Lower Kern provides the highest value as it covers two days of activities, meals, and camping. For one day trips, our best value would be our Full Day Upper Kern rafting trip.

In July the Lower Kern has great flows, and the Upper Kern is still running. Occasionally, we’ll have a half day launch, so please check in with our office for that trips availability.

Two Day Lower Kern

Most popular trip
Price: Starts at $350 / person
Meet time: 9:30AM
Minimum age: 12
Most popular trip we offer
Learn More

Full Day Upper Kern

TripAdvisor favorite
Price: Starts at $160 / person
Trip length: 1 Day
Minimum age: 12
Best for: Beginners and experienced rafters
Learn More

Half Day Upper Kern

Class III/IV Whitewater
Price: Starts at $119 / person
Trip length: 1/2 Day
Minimum age: 12
Best for: Those short on time
Learn More

Half Day Lower Kern

Class II / III Whitewater
Price: Starts at $119 / person
Meet time: 1:00PM
Minimum age: 12
Best for: Those looking for a short trip
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Our Two Day Lower Kern, and our Full Day Upper Kern both feature fun Class-IV whitewater.
Every trip we run typically has someone that has never been rafting before. Our most popular trips that beginners join us on are either our Two Day Lower Kern or one day rafting trips.

Our Half Day Lower Kern is a mellow class II/III trip. This has a minimum age of 12 and isn’t scheduled often, so please call our office for launch dates.
Our Two Day Lower Kern is the best overnight rafting trip, arguably in all of California.
Our Half Day Lower Kern is the shortest trip that we offer in July. This has a minimum age of 12 and isn’t scheduled often, so please call our office for launch dates.
Our Two Day Lower Kern provides the highest value as it covers two days of activities, meals, and camping.

With warm water, weather, and fun rapids, the Lower Kern is the destination for whitewater rafting in Southern California. Our schedule typically opens up additional availabillity for one day rafting trips, but we still have plenty of two day trips launching.

Two Day Lower Kern

Most popular trip
Price: Starts at $350 / person
Meet time: 9:30AM
Minimum age: 12
Most popular trip we offer
Learn More

Camp Run - One Day

Lower Kern One Day
Price: Starts at $189 / person
Meet time: 9:30AM
Minimum age: 12
Best for: Beginners and experienced rafters
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Big Five - One Day

Lower Kern One Day
Price: Starts at $189 / person
Meet time: 8:00AM
Minimum age: 12
Best for: Beginners and experienced rafters
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Half Day Lower Kern

Class II / III Whitewater
Price: Starts at $119 / person
Meet time: 1:00PM
Minimum age: 12
Best for: Those looking for a short trip
Learn More
Our Two Day Lower Kern, and both one day trips are excellent whitewater trips.
Every trip we run typically has someone that has never been rafting before. Our most popular trips that beginners join us on are either our Two Day Lower Kern or one day rafting trips.

Our Half Day Lower Kern is a mellow class II/III trip. This has a minimum age of 12 and isn’t scheduled often, so please call our office for launch dates.
Our Two Day Lower Kern is the best overnight rafting trip, arguably in all of California.
Our Half Day Lower Kern is the shortest trip that we offer in August. This has a minimum age of 12 and isn’t scheduled often, so please call our office for launch dates.
Our Two Day Lower Kern provides the highest value as it covers two days of activities, meals, and camping.