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Kernville Rapid Run

Thank you for an outstanding Upper Kern season. These trips have concluded for the 2017 season, and we are now solely operating on the Lower Kern and are offering half, one and two day trips. Click here to learn more.

This affordable and famous trip is a quick way of sampling the terrific whitewater on the Kern River. It is the perfect run for families with youngsters eager to get wet on a hot summer day.

Paddle Slap Kernville Rapid Run
Smiling kids Kernville Rapid Run

The Kernville Rapid Run is our shortest trip and has a minimum age of just 8 years old. It’s a favorite for families want a little excitement, but don’t want it to take up the whole day.

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Arrive at our Rafting Center at 10:30AM 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 everyone is ready to go, we load up on the bus and head to our put-in. At the launch point, guests meet their river guide and the guide then gives a Paddle Talk. Immediately following the Paddle Talk, the trip gets underway and each raft practices their paddling technique making sure their boat is ready for the whitewater. By this point the trip is officially underway!

We tackle rapids such as Big Daddy, Little Las Vegas, and finish with Ewings. We run this town section twice, and then shuttle back to our Rafting Center.

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Do you offer group discounts?
Unfortunately, no discounts are available on our Kernville Rapid Run trip. To learn more about our discounts click here.

How many people are in each raft?
Depending on group size and which boats we use, we fit between 4 and 6 guests in each raft. As often as we can, we try to keep groups together in the same boat too.

How far in advance should I make my reservation?
Our trips are limited in size, and we have just one trip per day. Because of this, we highly encourage you to make reservations early.

What’s the minimum age for this trip?
At normal water flows, the minimum age is 8 years old.

Can I bring a GoPro or other camera on this trip?
Yes, absolutely.

Do you have lodging or camping recommendations for before or after our trip?
Yes, we have information for both lodging and camping. Click here to view our Lodging Guide. Click here to download our Camping Guide.

What’s the difference between the Lower and Upper Kern?
The biggest difference is that the Lower Kern originates from Lake Isabella and is a regulated flow. This means that we have flows much longer in the season, as the river level is less dependent on run-off.

What is your cancellation policy?
Our cancellation and refund policy can be found here.

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.

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