Full Day Upper Kern

One day of rafting on the Upper Kern river


All day whitewater on our Full Day Upper Kern

The Upper Kern is comprised of many different sections of rapids that allow us to pick and choose where we go rafting each day. In low water years we raft the Kernville Rapid Run and Limestone sections. In higher water years we run Powerhouse and Cables. Either way, you’ll get to experience nearly ten miles of rafting and Class II, III, and IV rapids.

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What to pack for our Full Day Upper Kern rafting trip.

Quick Facts

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

Trip meeting time: 8:45AM

Minimum Age: 12 years old.

Trip Cost

Sunday – Friday launch: $199

Saturday launch: $219

Does not include 6% government and service fee

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At a Glance

Approximately 10 miles of rafting.

Rapids are Class II, III, and IV.

Lunch is included.

This trip is perfect for beginners and experienced rafters.

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River Rafting Itinerary

The Full Day Upper Kern trip runs on different whitewater depending on flows. During higher flows, we stay “low in the canyon” and run sections such as Cables and Powerhouse. During periods of lower flows, we first run the Kernville Rapid Run and then head up to the Limestone section. We run this class III/IV canyon twice over with a lunch in between laps. After the second lap, we then shuttle you back to our Rafting Center concluding the trip.

Full Day Upper Kern FAQs

With the historic rainfall we have experienced in California this season, we are implementing our Big Water Protocol, which is designed to help us prioritize safety when we experience periods of exceptionally high water. Under normal conditions, our trips start at the Cables or Wall section and end in Kernville. With exceptionally high water, we run a shorter section of the river from Powerhouse down to Kernville. If this happens, your trip will be changed to a half day. For the half day trips, we will run the Powerhouse section down to Kernville multiple times. The difference in trip cost will be refunded onto your credit card. The Upper Kern is a runoff, snowmelt-based river, which means these periods of exceptionally high water have no schedule and are determined by weather conditions outside of our control.

Is your party size fewer than 4? Please call us and we will assist you with your reservation: 760-376-3370. Or send a message with your preferred date and group size.

Sections of the river on the Upper Kern open and close based on water flows. Some sections are only open and fun at lower flows, and other sections are only open at higher flows. Each day is different. Sometimes we loop sections of the river to cut out less exciting rapids, or because the flows only allow us to raft on that particular section. Despite the eccentricity of this, the Upper Kern is usually our guest favorite.

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.

Our lunch is a deli sandwich spread. We also have fresh fruit, cookies, and juice. With adequate advance notice, we can accommodate reasonable diet requests.

This trip has a minimum age of 12 years old. This policy is firm.

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