Launching below Lake Isabella, spend the day with us taking on Class II and III whitewater in the scenic Lower Kern canyon. NEW FOR 2020: We’ve adjusted this trip to cater to younger families, extending the Class II portion of the trip and eliminating the Class IV rapids. This trip now has a minimum age of eight years old.

Please note: Due to COVID, we have had to set a minimum raft / booking size of four people.

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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!

This trip is on a beautiful section of the Kern River. Float through canyons mixed with Class II and III rapids.  Jump in the water with friends or hang out with your guide as they teach you about reading water and the river.


We’ll break for a lunch around 12:30. Lunch is a deli spread of build your own sandwiches. We don’t rough it while rafting, we have fresh fruit and veggies and our meat comes from a local butcher. Afterwards, it’s back to the river. We’ll pause at a fun jump rock, and then catch a final Class III rapid to take out.

Class III One Day, Big Five, or Upper Kern?

What’s the difference between all of your one-day rafting trip options? The greatest difference is that the Class III One Day 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.

How are the rapids different? The Class III One Day is our only day trip that does not have any Class IV rapids. Because of this, we can offer it at a younger minimum age, eight years old.

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 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 Class III One Day has a minimum age of 8 years old.

Which section on the Lower Kern is the Class III One Day?

The Class III One Day puts in below Lake Isabella and takes out at Miracle. On the map below, look for “Miracle” with the green label –  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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Lower Kern river map



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