The Kern River is back in a big way – we will be offering Upper, Lower and Forks of the Kern rafting trips for the 2017 river rafting season. Our license strictly limits the number of trips we can run. If you are planning a group or charter trip, or planning to join us on a weekend, early reservations are essential. Looking for rafting near Los Angeles? The Kern River is the closest rafting option to LA, only 3 hours away! Please call us soon to reserve a date or book online now.
Our Most Popular Kern River Rafting Trips
Full Day Upper Kern
To have an unforgettable experience, join us on our most popular trip down the Upper Kern. Class III and IV whitewater.
Why Choose Kern River Outfitters for your 2017 Kern River rafting trip?
We are an award-winning outfitter known for exceptional service and running carefully structured, exhilarating rafting trips with a crew of well-trained guides. Our goal is simple: Provide you with a whitewater rafting experience that is so much fun that you will return for another trip.
Our trips get rave reviews on TripAdvisor, Yelp, Facebook and Google+
Our Rafting Center is just a few hours from L.A – no river is closer.
We have a wide selection of river trips of varying length and excitement. Class II to Class V. From just a few hours to a few days in length.
Our permit allows us to take big groups (and we love solo adventurers too).
We offer free parking at our Rafting Center.
Our guides are fun, interesting, and family friendly.
We use top-notch equipment, that is carefully maintained.
Our camp has the best placement in the Lower Kern canyon: Day 1 and 2 are evenly divided so you’ll spend the perfect amount of time on the water each day. No short or very long days.
We offer full day, half day and 2-hour long rafting trips on the Upper Kern. Trips range in fun from mellow Class-II to big thrills Class-V. Our most popular trip is our full day rafting trip, which takes you through some of the best whitewater in Southern California.
The Lower Kern enjoys a long season starting in Late May and running through the summer. A guest favorite is our Two-Day Lower Kern, which features a 20-mile, class III and IV run, with a night spent at our private campground, conveniently at the halfway point along the trip.
Tucked deep down in a remote canyon, “The Famous Forks” is our multi-day wilderness, Class-V run. Featuring back to back Class-V rapids broken up with class III and IV whitewater, this is considered America’s most challenging commercial multi-day.
Astonishing weather events has set up the Kern River for the best spring rafting conditions we have seen in memory, possibly company history. "This is the equivalent of opening the ski season on October 1" [...]
By Matt Volpert| 2017-02-19T06:04:11+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Categories: Kern River Rafting|Comments Off on Join us for the best Spring rafting in company history
Isabella Lake reaches highest level in years Isabella Lake, which is the starting point of our Lower Kern river, has reached its highest level since 2012. The significance of this is our timeframe and snowpack: [...]
By Matt Volpert| 2017-02-19T06:15:57+00:00 January 21st, 2017|Categories: Kern River Rafting|Comments Off on Isabella Lake reaches highest level in years
2017 White Water School Our Kern River Guide School is a six-day course designed to give newcomers to the sport of whitewater rafting the basic skills necessary to run whitewater rivers confidently and safely. [...]
By Matt Volpert| 2017-02-19T06:15:05+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Categories: Kern River|Comments Off on Join our 2017 whitewater school – learn to be a river guide