This affordable and famous trip is a quick way to experience the Kern River. It is the perfect run for families with youngsters eager for their first rafting experience.

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Trip Itinerary

Arrive at our Rafting Center in Wofford Heights at 10:15AM. Our Rafting Center address is 6602 Wofford Blvd, Wofford Heights, CA 93285 (Google Map). Check-in with our Rafting Center staff and meet the guides. They will assist you with any questions you may have. Once everyone from the trip has arrived and has checked-in, your Lead Guide will begin the orientation talk with what to expect for the day, as well as hand out and fit helmets and lifejackets. Once suited up, you’ll load onto our bus and we’ll drive you to the put-in.

At put-in, the guides will work on rigging the rafts while the Lead Guide will give the Safety Talk to the trip. Once finished, the Lead Guide will organize the different groups into rafts and you’ll meet your guide. To teach everyone how to paddle together as a team, your guide will give a Paddle Talk. Immediately following the Paddle Talk, the trip launches and is officially underway.

For 2022, The Kernville Rapid Run will have rapids that are Class II and II+. These include rapids such as Big Daddy, Little Las Vegas, and Ewings. There are a number of pools and calm sections between the rapids to float through. Depending on water flows we may take out at Frandy Park and run the section again, or continue floating past Kernville a couple of miles and take out at School House Road.

Top Five FAQs Related to this Trip

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How many people are in each raft?

Depending on group size and which rafts we use, we fit between 4 and 7 guests in each paddle raft. As often as we can, we try to keep groups together in the same raft too.

What’s the minimum age for this trip?

The Kernville Rapid Run has a minimum age of 8 years old.

My family has never been rafting before, is this a good trip?

This trip is well matched for young families that have never been rafting before. If your family is on the older side, then we suggest a longer rafting trip as the whitewater is generally more exciting.

My friends booked this trip. How do I join their party?

Once you’ve made your reservation, please call us and we will link your reservation to the other party.

Do you have camping recommendations that are a good fit for a young family?

The Lake Isabella KOA, Rivernook, Camp James, and Camp Frandy are popular campgrounds for families.

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