Half Day Upper Kern

The most popular half day river trip in Southern California


Class IV rapids on our Half Day Upper Kern

Half-day trips on the Upper Kern meet at our rafting center at 8:30AM & 1:30PM. These trips feature some of the best whitewater on the Upper Kern, from class II through IV, and covers six miles of rafting.

An inside look:

Half Day Upper Kern Video

What to pack on our Half Day Upper Kern rafting trip.

Quick Facts

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

Trip meeting time: 8:30AM & 1:30PM

Minimum Age: 12 years old.

Trip Cost

Sunday – Friday launch: $129
Saturday launch: $139

Does not include the 6% government and service fee

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At a Glance

Approximately 6 miles of rafting.

Rapids are Class II, III, and IV.

Lunch is not included.

This trip is perfect for beginners and experienced rafters.

2023 Kern River Rafting

This is our most popular Class IV trip in April and May.

River Rafting Itinerary

The Half 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 the Lickety. During periods of lower flows, we head up to the Limestone section and we run this class III/IV canyon twice over. After the second lap, we then shuttle you back to our Rafting Center concluding the trip.

Half Day Upper Kern FAQs

The mileage will depend on which section of the Upper Kern we end up rafting on. We cover at least five miles of river though, no matter where we go.

The minimum age for this trip is 12 and is firm.

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.

The Half Day Upper Kern is considered a more challenging whitewater trip than our Class IV Half Day Lower Kern. The biggest difference is that the Upper Kern has a shuttle vehicle, whereas the Half Day Lower Kern is a continuous trip.

With the ongoing California drought, it’s important to understand our minimum flow requirement (MFR) to run this trip, and what happens if we do not meet that minimum flow. Our MFR is 400 CFS (Cubic Feet per Second). There is a possibility that some trips will receive little to no notice as flows fluctuate daily due to snowpack and temperature. If this is to occur, these trips will be moved to our milder half day Lower Kern section, which has a minimum flow threshold of 380 CFS. Please keep in mind, that we have no control over water flows and do our best by scheduling trips conservatively.

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