Trips Available by Month

Our rafting season typically starts in late March or early April and runs through Labor Day.

Find a trip by month

Kern river trips sorted by month

Some of our trips are only available for a short period of time or start later in the season. The exact timing changes each year due to the variability of our winter snowpack and subsequent melt.

Select a month: April | May | June | July | August

March 2023

March is on the early side for rafting trips, but in some years we’re able to offer Half Day Upper Kern rafting trips in late March. To be considered for these dates, please send us a message and we will add you to the interest list.

class ii, iii & iv

Half Day Upper Kern

Our Half-day Upper Kern tackles fun class II-IV whitewater and is perfect for those tight on time and looking for an adventure. Minimum age of 12 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $129/ person. Sat: $139 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


April 2023

We typically start offering Half Day Upper Kern rafting trips towards the beginning of April but sometimes we can start as early as late March. During this time we focus on our Half Day Upper Kern, but if there’s a large group we can offer a Kernville Rapid Run or Full Day Upper Kern. Jump to May.

class ii, iii & iv

Half Day Upper Kern

Our Half-day Upper Kern tackles fun class II-IV whitewater and is perfect for those tight on time and looking for an adventure. Minimum age of 12 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $129/ person. Sat: $139 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


May 2023

As more snow starts to melt and the Upper Kern river rises, we continue offering the Half Day Upper Kern. We also have some dates for our Full Day Upper Kern and Kernville Rapid Run rafting trips. Jump to June.

class ii, iii & iv

Half Day Upper Kern

Our Half-day Upper Kern tackles fun class II-IV whitewater and is perfect for those tight on time and looking for an adventure. Minimum age of 12 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $129/ person. Sat: $139 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


class ii, iii & iv

Full Day Upper Kern

Our one-day Upper Kern rafting trips offer the best road-accessible class III-IV rafting in California. Unlike the Lower Kern River, the Upper Kern is free-flowing, which means the river level fluctuates depending on snowmelt. Minimum age of 12 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $199/ person. Sat: $219 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


class ii & iii

Kernville Rapid Run

Great for young families, the Kernville Rapid Run has a minimum age of 8 years old during normal water. Fun rapids, nice floats, and slated around 3 hours makes it ideal for groups, friends, and families on a time schedule. Minimum age of 8 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

All launches are $99/ person


June 2023

June is a transition month as the Upper Kern peaks and starts to have lower water flows. At this time the Lower Kern river begins to flow, allowing us to run our Two Day Lower Kern and other half and day trips. Jump to July.

class ii, iii & iv

Two Day Lower Kern

Our most popular trip, and for good reason. All the Class IV rapids on the Lower Kern, and a night at our riverside camp. Minimum age of 16 years old until July 15, then 12 years. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $419/ person. Sat: $489 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


class ii & iii

Class III Half Day

Our Half Day Lower Kern originates below Lake Isabella and ends at Miracle. This trip features Class II and III rapids. Minimum age of 12 years until July 15, then 8 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $129/ person. Sat: $139 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


class ii, iii & iv

Class IV Half Day

Our Class IV Half Day Lower Kern is located on the Big Five section of the Lower Kern. This trip features class II, III and IV rapids. Minimum age of 16 years until July 15, then 12 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $129/ person. Sat: $139 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


Class ii, iii & iv

Class IV Premium

All the Class IV rapids on the Lower Kern in a single day. This is a big whitewater day covering over 11 miles on the water. Minimum age of 16 years old until July 15, then 12 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

$299/person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


class ii, iii & iv

Half Day Upper Kern

Our Half-day Upper Kern tackles fun class II-IV whitewater and is perfect for those tight on time and looking for an adventure. Minimum age of 12 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $129/ person. Sat: $139 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


class ii, iii & iv

Full Day Upper Kern

Our one-day Upper Kern rafting trips offer the best road-accessible class III-IV rafting in California. Unlike the Lower Kern River, the Upper Kern is free-flowing, which means the river level fluctuates depending on snowmelt. Minimum age of 12 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $199/ person. Sat: $219 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


class ii & iii

Kernville Rapid Run

Great for young families, the Kernville Rapid Run has a minimum age of 8 years old during normal water. Fun rapids, nice floats, and slated around 3 hours makes it ideal for groups, friends, and families on a time schedule. Minimum age of 8 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

All launches are $99/ person


July 2023

With the Upper Kern season over we now focus entirely on the Lower Kern through the end of the season. Jump to August.

class ii, iii & iv

Two Day Lower Kern

Our most popular trip, and for good reason. All the Class IV rapids on the Lower Kern, and a night at our riverside camp. Minimum age of 16 years old until July 15, then 12 years. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $419/ person. Sat: $489 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


class ii & iii

Class III Half Day

Our Half Day Lower Kern originates below Lake Isabella and ends at Miracle. This trip features Class II and III rapids. Minimum age of 12 years until July 15, then 8 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $129/ person. Sat: $139 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


class ii, iii & iv

Class IV Half Day

Our Class IV Half Day Lower Kern is located on the Big Five section of the Lower Kern. This trip features class II, III and IV rapids. Minimum age of 16 years until July 15, then 12 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $129/ person. Sat: $139 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


Class ii, iii & iv

Class IV Premium

All the Class IV rapids on the Lower Kern in a single day. This is a big whitewater day covering over 11 miles on the water. Minimum age of 16 years old until July 15, then 12 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

$299/person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


August 2023

Some years the rafting season will end in August. It all comes down to snowpack and water flows. Jump to September.

class ii, iii & iv

Two Day Lower Kern

Our most popular trip, and for good reason. All the Class IV rapids on the Lower Kern, and a night at our riverside camp. Minimum age of 16 years old until July 15, then 12 years. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $419/ person. Sat: $489 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


class ii & iii

Class III Half Day

Our Half Day Lower Kern originates below Lake Isabella and ends at Miracle. This trip features Class II and III rapids. Minimum age of 12 years until July 15, then 8 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $129/ person. Sat: $139 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


class ii, iii & iv

Class IV Half Day

Our Class IV Half Day Lower Kern is located on the Big Five section of the Lower Kern. This trip features class II, III and IV rapids. Minimum age of 16 years until July 15, then 12 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $129/ person. Sat: $139 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


Class ii, iii & iv

Class IV Premium

All the Class IV rapids on the Lower Kern in a single day. This is a big whitewater day covering over 11 miles on the water. Minimum age of 16 years old until July 15, then 12 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

$299/person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


September 2023

If we have a fantastic snowpack and great water flows, then the season will go through Labor Day. Our last Two Day would be the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, and then we would focus only on half and full day trips.

class ii, iii & iv

Two Day Lower Kern

Our most popular trip, and for good reason. All the Class IV rapids on the Lower Kern, and a night at our riverside camp. Minimum age of 16 years old until July 15, then 12 years. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $419/ person. Sat: $489 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


class ii & iii

Class III Half Day

Our Half Day Lower Kern originates below Lake Isabella and ends at Miracle. This trip features Class II and III rapids. Minimum age of 12 years until July 15, then 8 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $129/ person. Sat: $139 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


class ii, iii & iv

Class IV Half Day

Our Class IV Half Day Lower Kern is located on the Big Five section of the Lower Kern. This trip features class II, III and IV rapids. Minimum age of 16 years until July 15, then 12 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

Sun – Fri: $129/ person. Sat: $139 / person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


Class ii, iii & iv

Class IV Premium

All the Class IV rapids on the Lower Kern in a single day. This is a big whitewater day covering over 11 miles on the water. Minimum age of 16 years old until July 15, then 12 years old. Click here to learn more about this trip.

$299/person

*IMPORTANT: We have activated our Big Water Protocol for this trip.


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