Half-day rafting trips on the Lower Kern River meet at our rafting center at 1:00. These trips feature fun class II and III rapids mixed in with mellow pools for floating and enjoying the Lower Kern canyon. This trip covers a distance of six miles.

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Trip Itinerary

Arrive at our Rafting Center in Wofford Heights at 1:00PM. Check-in with our Rafting Center staff and meet the guides. They will assist you with any questions you may have. Once everyone from the trip has arrived and has checked-in, your Lead Guide will begin the orientation talk with what to expect for the afternoon, as well as hand out and fit helmets and lifejackets. Once suited up, you’ll load onto our shuttle bus and we’ll drive you to the put-in.

At put-in, the guides will work on rigging the rafts while the Lead Guide will give the Safety Talk to the trip. Once finished, the Lead Guide will organize the different groups into rafts and you’ll meet your guide. To teach everyone how to paddle together as a team, your guide will give a Paddle Talk. Immediately following the Paddle Talk, the trip launches and is officially underway.

The Half Day Lower Kern trip runs from the Granite Put-In down to Sandy Flat or Hobo Campground. It is dependent on water flows. Both sections include some whitewater, calm pools to float in and canyon scenery. Once at take-out we then shuttle you back to our Rafting Center concluding the trip.

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 Half Day Lower Kern has a minimum age of 8 years old.

Are the rapids scary?

The whitewater on the Half Day Lower Kern is class II and III, which is considered mild to moderate. While everyone has a different opinion of what is considered scary, or exciting, generally speaking, the rapids on this trip are fun and not scary.

How is this trip different than the Upper Kern half day?

Most people that enjoy the Lower Kern trip more than our Upper Kern do so because the trip is continuous (meaning you’re only on the shuttle vehicle at the beginning and the end) and it meets slightly earlier in the afternoon. Both feature whitewater, with the Lower Kern having mellower rapids of the two.

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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