Two Day Lower Kern

The most popular river trip in Southern California

The best kern river rafting adventure

Whitewater paradise on our Two Day Lower Kern

Our Two-Day Lower Kern rafting trips cover about 20 miles of fun whitewater, and feature exciting Class II, III and IV rapids. With the terrific weather, exhilarating rapids, and the Kern being the closest rafting to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Diego, our two day Lower Kern river trip is considered the best overnight rafting trip in all of Southern California.

An inside look:

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How to pack for our Two Day Lower Kern rafting trip.

Quick Facts

Trip Meeting Place: 6602 Wofford Blvd, Wofford Heights, CA 93285.

Trip meeting time: 9:30AM

Minimum Age: 16 years old until July 15, then 12 years old.


Trip Cost

Sunday – Friday launch: $419
Saturday launch: $489

Does not include 6% government and service fee

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At a Glance

Approximately 20 miles of rafting, split into two full days of Class II, III & IV rapids.

Meals included are day 1 lunch, day 1 dinner, day 2 breakfast, and day 2 lunch.

This trip is perfect for beginners and experienced rafters.


2023 Kern River Rafting

Two Days on the Lower Kern River: The highlight of your summer.

River Rafting Itinerary

On day one we meet at 9:30AM at our Rafting Center. The day consists of progressive whitewater, meaning the rapids get more and more challenging as you travel downstream. After lunch, we tackle back-to-back rapids before arriving at our riverside camp, where we spend the night. Day two we’re on the water by 9:30AM. After a short portage around a Class VI rapid, we have a mix of exciting Class III and IV rapids. We’ll do an hour stop for lunch before getting into the Big Five section of the Lower Kern, which ends the trip with terrific rapids. We then drive back to our Rafting Center, concluding the trip, and arriving between 3-5PM.

Two Day Lower Kern FAQs

Our camp is located alongside the river and is private. Meaning only those that are on your trip and the guides have access to it. Scattered up and downstream we have wooden platform decks for sleeping. We provide each guest with a “paco pad” which is a thick sleeping pad to use on top of the decks. Most guests sleep out, underneath the stars as we don’t typically experience any weather during the rafting season. You’re more than welcome to bring your own tent if you would prefer. We raft right up to the camp on day one, and on day two, load directly back onto the rafts and push off, so there are no additional shuttles involved between rafting and camping.

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.

During normal water levels, the minimum age for our Two Day Lower Kern is 12 years old. If we enter high flows and go into our Big Water Protocol, then the minimum age is 16 years old. This minimum age policy is firm.

Yes. With adequate advance notice, we can accommodate reasonable diet requests.

The Lower Kern features Class II, III and IV whitewater. The rapids are considered challenging, fun and manageable. This is a beginner-appropriate trip (nearly every trip we launch typically has someone who has never been) and the whitewater is exciting and spread out where even experienced rafters will have an outstanding time.

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