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 snow melt.
Trip Meeting Place: 6602 Wofford Blvd, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Google Map.
Approximately 10 miles of rafting, between the different sections.
Rapids are Class II, III, and IV.
Lunch is included with this outing.
If wetsuits are required, then there will be no additional charge.
This trip is perfect for beginners and experienced rafters.
For 2017, we anticipate running trips on the Limestone, Kernville Rapid Run and Cables sections of the Upper Kern river. These sections offer a great mix of fun, exciting whitewater, and also a chance to catch your breath and enjoy this spectacular river.
Arrive at our Rafting Center at 8:30AM and check-in with our staff. Once everyone has arrived the Trip Leader will give an orientation talk and the guides will hand out and fit personal flotation devices (PFDs) and helmets. Once we’re ready to go, we load up on the bus and head to our first put-in. At the launch point, guests meet their river guide and the guide then gives a Paddle Talk. Immediately following the Paddle Talk, we push off and each raft practices their paddling technique making sure their boat is ready for the whitewater. By this point the trip is officially underway!
Throughout the day, the guides will pick and choose the best sections or river to run. Our terrific road access means that getting between the different sections is fast and efficient. Halfway through the day we’ll take a break for a deli spread lunch, and then jump right back into the whitewater after. Once we’re done rafting, we’ll drive back to the Rafting Center which is typically between 3pm – 5:30pm.
What’s the difference between the Lower and Upper Kern? The Upper Kern is a free-flowing river, meaning the water flow is not controlled or regulated by a dam. This section of river then flows into Lake Isabella. The outflow of Lake Isabella is where the Lower Kern begins, which is a dam controlled river. Because the Upper Kern is not regulated, it means that its rafting season begins earlier and also ends earlier than the Lower Kern.
Who do you recommend for trip insurance? We recommend you supplement personal insurance with travel insurance. Cancellation initiated by you may result in substantial loss of fees paid. Available insurance protects against the loss of deposits/full fare in the event you must cancel because of unforeseen circumstances. If you don’t have a preferred travel insurance company, some options are BHTP and Travel Guard.