Launching below Lake Isabella, spend the day with us taking on Class III and IV whitewater in the scenic Lower Kern canyon.

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Arrive at our Rafting Center at 9:30 AM 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 we’re ready to go, we load up on the bus and head to the put-in. At the launch point, guests meet their river guide and the guide then gives a Paddle Talk. Immediately following the Paddle Talk, we push off and each raft practices their paddling technique making sure their boat is ready for the whitewater. By this point, the trip is officially underway!

The beauty of the Camp Run is this section features progressive whitewater. This means that as the day continues, the rapids become more frequent and challenging. We’ll start off with fun class III rapids interspersed between inviting floating pools. Around 12:30 we break for lunch.


After a hearty lunch, it’s back to the whitewater. From here we graduate into a steeper section of the Lower Kern canyon and we are introduced to Class-IV whitewater. We’ll run the classics such as White Maidens, Sundown Falls, and Silver Staircase. After Silver Staircase we’ll hit Buffalo Canyon which drops us into Powerful Possum, which is a trip favorite Class IV. Immediately following Powerful Possum, we land at our private camp which is our Camp Run takeout.

Camp Run, Big Five, or Upper Kern?

What’s the difference between all of your one-day rafting trip options? The Camp Run is our only day trip with zero portaging of any kind. Both the Big Five and Full Day Upper Kern require you to take the rafts out of the water. The Camp Run has progressively harder and more exciting whitewater as you continue throughout the day. Ease into rafting with class II and III and then after lunch, we take on the big Class IV rapids located in Buffalo Canyon. The Big Five has the more intense rapids spread out further apart, and the Upper Kern will usually get into Class IV before lunchtime.

How are they similar? In terms of tangible details, our three full day trips are very similar. They each cover about 10 miles on the water. They all have class II, III and IV rapids of approximately equal quantities. They all have the same lunch. They meet and end at roughly the same time.

What to Expect and What to Pack

Top Five FAQs Related to this Trip

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How many people are in each raft?

Depending on group size and which rafts we use, we fit between 4 and 6 guests in each paddle raft. As often as we can, we try to keep groups together in the same raft too.

What’s the minimum age for this trip?

The Camp Run has a minimum age of 12 years old.

Why does this trip run injunction with your Two Day Lower Kern?

Our permit has a set capacity per launch. If our Two Day Lower Kern doesn’t reach its capacity then we offer one-day trips as a fill in. We keep the trips together for safety and logistics. Our Camp Run is the first day of our Two Day, and our Big Five, is the second day of our Two Day.

Which section on the Lower Kern is the Camp Run?

The Camp Run puts in below Lake Isabella and takes out at our campground. On the map below, look for the red star with the label “Kern River Outfitters Campground” – that is our takeout. The river to the northeast (right side of the map) is the area that the trip runs on. The section to the southwest of our camp (left side of the map) is our Big Five rafting trip.

My friends booked this trip. How do I join their party?

Individual reservations made outside of a group reservation are linked together through the online waiver. When you complete the waiver, there is a field labeled “Group Organizer”. Simply write down groups name, and we will know that you are a member of that party

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