Arrive at our Rafting Center at 9:30AM and check-in with our staff. Once everyone has arrived the Trip Leader will give an orientation talk and the guides will hand out and fit personal flotation devices (PFDs) and helmets. Once everyone is ready to go, we load up on the bus and head to our put-in. At the launch point, guests meet their river guide and the guide then gives a Paddle Talk. Immediately following the Paddle Talk, the trip gets underway and each raft practices their paddling technique making sure their boat is ready for the whitewater. By this point the trip is officially underway! We warm up with class II and III rapids such as Miracle and Hobo. We’ll break for lunch and then tackle our first class IV rapid, White Maidens. Following White Maidens we have three more Class IV rapids: Sundown Falls, Silver Staircase, and Powerful Possum. Downstream of Powerful Possum is where a shuttle vehicle will be waiting for you, and we then drive back to our Rafting Center.
How many people are in each raft? Depending on group size and which boats we use, we fit between 4 and 6 guests in each raft. As often as we can, we try to keep groups together in the same boat too.
Can you accommodate dietary requests? Yes. With adequate advance notice, we can accommodate special diet requests.
How far in advance should I make my reservation? Our trips are limited in size, and we have just one trip per day. Because of this, we highly encourage you to make reservations early.
What’s the minimum age for this trip? At normal water flows, the minimum age is 12 years old.
Can I bring a GoPro or other camera on this trip? Yes, absolutely.
Do you have lodging or camping recommendations for before or after our trip? Yes, we have PDFs for both lodging and camping. Click here to download our Lodging Guide. Click here to download our Camping Guide.
What’s the difference between the Lower and Upper Kern? The biggest difference is that the Lower Kern originates from Lake Isabella and is a regulated flow. This means that we have flows much longer in the season, as the river level is less dependent on run-off.
Who do you recommend for trip insurance? 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/full fare in the event you must cancel because of unforeseen circumstances. If you don’t have a preferred travel insurance company, some options are BHTP and Travel Guard.