If you are looking for some adventure, it doesn't always have to be on land!
Kern River Outfitters are a great way to explore the beautiful wilderness of California, as you take to the waters of Kern River.
They offer a number of tours and excursions, that range from full days to multiple days, so you can find the perfect adventure for your family!
There are three areas of the river that you can explore. The Upper Kern offers you the full day rafting tour on class III and IV rapids. There are a number of different sections to take on, and your experienced guides will choose the best section for you each day (which means you will always get the best adventure!)
If you want to REALLY challenge yourselves, then why not book on the Thunder Run? When the water conditions are perfect, those with prior experience can take on some of the biggest rapids in the area! Not ideal for younger kids or first timers, it certainly can give you the challenge and thrills that you are after!
Then, you have the Lower Kern. Here, you can enjoy overnight or two-day trips that still give you some unique experiences, including camping out on the riverside. You can sleep on your private sleeping decks around the site, and summer is so lovely you won't need any special camping gear!
Kern River Outfitters have been recognized as one of the premiere rafting outfitters on the entire Kern River, so you know you are in safe hands with the experienced guides. They will look after you, offer you the best campsites for those overnighters, and cook up some pretty special camp meals!
So why not have some family adventure out in Kern County? It's a great way for those older kids to get out and enjoy nature!
Tours from $79
Tours from $79
Group of 10 or more on trips launching Sun - Fri earn 10% off
The minimum age on the Lower and Upper Kern is 12, although, early in the season, when they have high water conditions, it is 16.
Summers can be hot so dress to protect your skin!
All full day Kern rafting trips stop for a mid day river side lunch. Their delicious lunch spread will satisfy every hungry rafters appetite.
On the two day rafting trips, on-river meals are provided, beginning with lunch the first day and ending with lunch the last.
Healthy Eating The food is fresh and hearty and our guides will prepare it. With advance notice, we can accommodate special diet requests. You can always bring extra water or healthy snacks for you
From Southern California, leave the L.A. basin by Interstate 5 north. Descend the Grapevine Grade and take Highway 99 North to Bakersfield. Take the Lake Isabella (Highway 178 east) then at Lake Isabella, take Hwy 155 north towards Kernville. Wofford Heights is mid-way between Lake Isabella and Kernville. The Rafting Center is a tan building on the right at 6602 Wofford Heights Blvd. at the intersection of Evans Road.
You can rent equipment, including wetsuits and tents, at an extra cost
You do need to be physically fit to get out on the water, but if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact them
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Departure times vary on the tour
April to June
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