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.
Keep in mind, whether you’re scheduled for an Upper or Lower Kern rafting trip, they all meet and return to the same location, our Rafting Center.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.