Upper Kern 2018-10-05T14:47:59+00:00

Upper Kern River Rafting

Thank you for a terrific 2018 Upper Kern season. Our rafting trips have concluded on this portion of river and we are now solely focusing on the Lower Kern which will run into late September.

With big waves and dramatic drops, the Upper Kern River, just outside the historic town of Kernville, is the ultimate one-day river trip in California. The Upper Kern is family friendly and exciting for both beginners and experienced rafters. We offer four different trips ranging in length and rapid rating. Our most popular trip (which accounts for 90% of our Upper Kern reservations) is our Full Day Up Trip. Rates are per person and do not include 6% Government and Service Fee. Trips listed below reflect what is currently available

Full Day Upper Kern

Our one-day Upper Kern rafting trips offer the best road-accessible class III-IV rafting in California. There are a number of different sections of the Upper Kern River. Our guides pick and choose the best sections each day, which means you will always have a blast. Unlike the Lower Kern River, the Upper Kern is free-flowing, which means the river level fluctuates depending on snowmelt.

Starts at: $160 / person
Meet time: 8:30AM
Return time: Between 3PM and 5PM
Trip begins and ends at our Rafting Center

Class: II, III, & IV
Minimum age: 12
Good for beginners: Yes
Lunch included: Yes

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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.

Starts at: $119 / person
Meet time: 2 PM
Return time: Between 6 PM and 7 PM
Trip begins and ends at our Rafting Center

Class: II, III, & IV
Minimum age: 12
Good for beginners: Yes
Lunch included: No

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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 2.5 hours makes it ideal for groups, friends, and families on a time schedule.

Starts at: $65 / person
Meet time: 10:30 AM
Return time: Around 1PM
Trip begins and ends at our Rafting Center

Class: II & III
Minimum age: 8
Good for beginners: Yes
Lunch included: No

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Thunder Run – Upper Kern

When water conditions are ideal and a group with prior experience wants to run the biggest rapids, they can book our Thunder Run. This Class IV-V section is famous for some of the biggest drops in California; rapids are steep, powerful, and continuous. A high adrenaline rush experience.  The Thunder Run is not for first timers or youngsters. 

Starts at: $299 / person
Meet time: 8:30AM
Return time: Between 3PM and 5PM
Trip begins and ends at our Rafting Center

Class: IV & V
Minimum age: 16
Good for beginners: No
Lunch included: Yes

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