What to expect
- Raft down the Lower Kern River, enjoying less-traveled Class IV rapids
- Improve your rafting technique with the help of an expert instructor
- Purchase a CD filled with action-packed pictures of your rafting exploits
- Enjoy a day in nature with friends and family
About this Activity
The Big Five rapids, that is.
This is Kern River Outfitters' most popular one day option. The route runs the "Classic Class-IVs" and follows a secluded path well away from the road. Lunch is included, and the day is packed with enough rapids that you can start out a total amateur and walk away feeling like a pro.
When you're finished, you'll also be able to purchase a CD with photographs of you taking on the rapids. It'll be the perfect snapshot to put on your mantle at home to remind you to get back outdoors every once in awhile.
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|Price||$189.00 per guest|
|Duration / Session||9.5 hours|
|Rating||33 positive reviews|
Drew B.Full Day Upper Kern (Weekday) June 4, 2017
This was the largest flow on the Upper Kern that I have seen in 20 years. My group of six friends and relatives had a superlative experience on our daytrip. Our guide, Ry, was simply the best. He handled the raft beautifully, setting us up perfectly for the multiple Class IV rapids that we ran. No flips - No men out of boat. A perfect day!
Plus, lunch was great. The entire team from KRO was awesome! Thanks again - We plan to be back next year.
Maritza S.Camp Run Lower Kern Rafting (Weekday) June 3, 2017
We had a large group of 19 people that including people of average health & fitness. On a record breaking year of water flow, we wanted to have fun but be safe. We were so glad to have picked Kern River Outfitters. We had 5 guides for our group and each of them were fun, experienced and safe. They kept us motivated, informed and entertained. We will be back, Kern River Outfitters. Thanks for the good time!!!
Dwight P.Camp Run Lower Kern Rafting (Weekday) June 1, 2017
Just a great time!
The KRO crew are concerned about your safety, great to visit with and well organized on the river.
Photographer adds a nice touch. Going rafting on the Kern? This is the company to use.
Stan F.Full Day Upper Kern (Weekday) May 31, 2017
I am 15 and was a little nervous at first when I saw the river. My Aunt Debi insisted we have an expert and we got Moose and he just knew how to make the trip fun and as soon as I got on the boat I relaxed. It was awesome....our guide Moose was great, he was fun, funny and knew what he was doing. We felt very safe with him... and he went extra and had our boat do some awesome tricks. He was interesting to talk to. The scenery was beautiful too. I want to come back!!
tim W.Full Day Upper Kern (Weekday) May 28, 2017
Guides were great! All experienced and knew what they were doing. First time rafting...they were so confident that I was able to have peace of mind. Thank you Paticake and Nik.
Gawin S.Camp Run Lower Kern Rafting (Weekday) May 27, 2017
Garrett, Tom, Dillon, Nik, and Matt did an awesome job! We had a great time, they were super knowledgable about the river and it's history. The food was awesome! This was essentially a concierge rafting trip, these guys did everything short of setting up my tent (which I'm sure they would have if asked). We're thinking of making this an annual thing!
Caleb G.Full Day Upper Kern (Weekday) May 27, 2017
This was a great company to have this trip with! me and a group of 6 friends signed up to the upper kern one day trip and it was a lot of fun! The equipment was in good shape, the guide (Ry) was great, they were well organized and even the lunch they provided was good! I would totall recommend them
Angie B.Full Day Upper Kern (Weekday) May 22, 2017
I am 56 yrs young and It was my first time white water rafting, the crew gave all of us great instructions and made the learning experience fun even before we got into our rafts, when we did start rafting there system of starting at lower level rapids is perfect to get us used to taking instructions and maneuvering the raft through the river, then as we went up the river and the level of rapids increased so did the excitement and fun plus some adrenaline infusion, all of the guides were good but I think our guides Miles and Dillon were the best , THANKS GUYS
Rachel L.Camp Run Lower Kern Rafting (Weekday) May 20, 2017
This is the real deal! If you're looking to go white water rafting - look no further. This place is awesome! Their guides are knowledgeable and very engaging. They made the adventure a blast from start to finish. Felt very safe w/ their guidance on the water! This is a must do!
Clint G.Full Day Upper Kern (Weekday) May 17, 2017
Kern River Outfitters was great! The staff was friendly and professional. Our guides Ry and Koreen were top notch. The river was wild and high and I had a smile plastered on my face the entire day.
Erica J.Kernville Rapid Run December 23, 2016
We use this company annually for our rafting trips. They are incredible. The guides are knowledgeable, the food is ON POINT, and the whole experience is just awesome! They are totally worth going with to have the best experience.
Christina K.Camp Run Lower Kern Rafting (Weekday) August 2, 2016
We had a BLAST!!! The guides were fantastic their priorities was our safety first. We ate and drank great!! Mike was mine and my Son Chris guide and had a great time. My other kids and husband and another guide Tyler they also had a blast. That was our first time going!! Thanks again!!
Joanne G.Camp Run Lower Kern Rafting (Weekday) July 28, 2016
Dillion was an awesome guide!!! This was my first time doing white water rafting and it was simply fun!!! The guides did an amazing job at cooking some delicious lunches and dinner. I would definitely go back and do it again. I felt safe at all times. Thanks guys!!!
Tami D.Kernville Rapid Run July 27, 2016
We had such an amazing time! The guides are so awesome, and provided an excellent tutorial before we headed down the river. We never felt unsafe, but it was a little scary until we got the hang of it. The camp out was really great, too! Excellent "clean" food, prepared by our masterful chef-guides. Our guide, Tyler, was so fantastic! He was attentive, patient and very friendly. We really enjoyed our adventure and will definitely plan another trip for next year!
Peggy S.Kernville Rapid Run July 20, 2016
Kern River Outfitters supplied a day full of thrills and excitement. Our guide, Evan was the best! We had a ball. the lunch was super, and I can truthfully say it was one of the highlights of my personal adventures. Thank You.
Erica J.Kernville Rapid Run July 16, 2016
I've gone down the river with many companies and, yet again, KRO took the cake. Our 2-day Lower Kern trip was incredible. Dillon, Evan and Mike were fantastic - they knew the river, were very social and made our entire group feel safe and welcome. I can't recommend another company more highly. From beginning to end, the trip was perfect.
Evan D.Kernville Rapid Run July 15, 2016
This was my 4th Lower Kern trip KRO and it was another great one. We were a group of 17 for my 55th birthday and everyone loved the trip. Amazing rafting, great camp and plenty of top notch food to eat (even accommodating my vegan menu.) One of the best things about the trip were the guides; harding working, professional and fun, fun, fun. Already thinking going again about next year!!
Annette W.Kernville Rapid Run July 15, 2016
It was our first trip down the Lower Kern River, and one we won't forget; two days of white water river rafting, stopping for the occasional jumping off rocks, one night sleeping under the stars, fantastic catering. The guides were terrific, friendly and fun, and we knew we were in good hands the whole way. We are only using Kern River Outfitters from now on, and we are definitely going back.
Melissa A.Camp Run Lower Kern Rafting (Weekday) July 15, 2016
Great rafting trip with the family. KRO is a great operation and Ernest was a patient and fun guide. Lots of high five paddles.
We bought the picture package and the photos are awesome. Totally worth it. We will be back next year.
felicia k g.Kernville Rapid Run July 12, 2016
Okay, so it's the only company I've used. But the two day trip is fantastic-- the guides are fun but they're also serious about your safety, the river is beautiful, the campsite is great, the food is good. Their campsite seems to be in the best location, compared to the other companies-- it's just at the halfway point of your trip so you are on the river approximately the same amount of time on both days. You sleep outside on raised platforms with cushions-- there's no need for a tent. I thought I wouldn't like that but it's so beautiful at night with the stars and the sound of the river you wouldn't want to be inside a tent. This is the fourth time I've gone on the two day trip and I've never had one complaint. It's a really fun two days.
Joseph R.Camp Run Lower Kern Rafting (Weekday) July 11, 2016
My family and I experienced a one day camp run on the Lower Kern and we had a blast. Safety is their number one priority and a memorable fun adventure is what we are taking back home. I would like to personally thank all of the guides and especially Evan who was our guide. A nugget of advise, a picture would have been great to keep the memory but it needs to be more affordable. Other than that, great job!
Dr Judy S.Kernville Rapid Run July 9, 2016
We did the one day trip and it was very good. The water was a little low but still class III and IV rapids. Our guide Joe was very experienced and a lot of fun--he was terrific. We had a party of 6 friends and we will definitely do another trip with Kern River Outfitters.
David G p.Big Five Lower Kern (Weekday) July 6, 2016
Super fun rafting trip for me, my wife and 12 year old son. The perfect amount of thrills and chills. Can't wait to do it again. Great guides.
Hetal J.Big Five Lower Kern (Weekday) July 6, 2016
great trip for 1st time rafters, the crew took very good care of us --we enjoyed the camp as well and the food. The stars above during the night was also amazing. it was hot during our trip - i would have liked to have long sleeve sun protective clothes to be in the raft with - next time!!
Tonya C.Big Five Lower Kern (Weekday) July 1, 2016
We had a wonderful rafting trip with Kern River Outfitters. Our family did the 2 day rafting and overnight camping trip and it was GREAT!! The food was delicious and the rafting was awesome. We will definitely do this trip again!
Nicola W.Big Five Lower Kern (Weekday) June 25, 2016
It can be tough to pull your kids off of the electronics and find some good family fun! This fit the bill. Our 10 and 13 year old kids had a blast rafting, plus they enjoyed the lunch and the guides! It was a great day!
Paula K.Big Five Lower Kern (Weekday) June 24, 2016
Rafted with KRO for a full day on the upper Kern. From the reservation process, to the guides,drivers and gift center personnel,everyone was wonderful. Ernest did a fabulous job as trip leader and put my groups first timer at ease. By her second round of class111 and 1V's, she was begging to be in front! Great experience that we will laugh about for years to come. You have to do this!
Bill N.Camp Run Lower Kern Rafting (Weekday) June 22, 2016
Incredible 2 days of rafting and camping! My wife and I took the 2 day tour on the lower Kern this past weekend. Everything about the experience was wonderful (outside of having to carry the raft past the one class 5 rapid, but I needed the workout anyway. Billy was our guide, and he did a really good job guiding the boat and educating our boat team on various facts about rafting and the surrounding areas. Lunch is provided, along with a surprisingly good dinner and breakfast at the camp site. We got to experience many different kinds of rapids (including many class 4) along with being able to get out of the boat and swim at the calm points of the river. For the camping aspect, we got to sleep under the stars and the full moon. Kern River Outfitters did an awesome job of making sure the whole experience was both safe, adventurous, and entirely enjoying. I recommend this experience to anyone.
Judy T.Big Five Lower Kern (Weekday) June 15, 2016
We had a great time! I went with my family of six and we had paid for the lower Kern but because of water levels they took us on the upper Kern both days which allowed us to get in a lot more time on the rapids. Our guide clicked well with my family and was great about teaching us but not be overbearing.
The rapids were strong enough to be lots of fun but nothing we couldn't handle. On the last day our guide, knowing we were all athletic adults and could handle it, had us try and paddle upstream at one point to simulate a surfing action against this rock, but apparently we didn't paddle hard enough and flipped :) no regrets!
The food they served all weekend was delicious and sleeping out under the stars is such a great experience. I'm definitely interested in doing a longer trip with their sister company in Idaho.
This was a great family bonding experience and I'm thankful for the time we had together! Thanks Kern River Outfitters!
Bill M.Big Five Lower Kern (Weekday) June 8, 2016
What an excellent experience! Spent the first day on the Lower Kern, and after some instruction from guides Ernest and Gavin, we took to the water to practice our padding skills in some fun class II water. Fun day on the water and a nice way to prepare for the following day. Spent the night at KRO's comfortable riverside camp. Sleeping stands and pads are scattered throughout the site, and our guides prepared a fantastic evening meal. Got to know my fellow paddlers around the campfire, and called it a night.
Shuttled the next morning to the Upper Kern where the water was running MUCH higher. We launched immediately into class III and IV rapids, and the fun began! The day was spent sampling different stretches of the river, and the whitewater kept getting bigger! We finished with the "Chamise" run where we put everything we had learned into action...who would have thought that "high side right" would really work?
Thanks to Matt, Ernest, Gavin and the entire KRO staff. Everyone was extremely friendly and accommodating, and their enthusiasm really shows. I'm definitely doing this trip again!!!
joseph armet A.Big Five Lower Kern (Weekday) June 1, 2016
This is an adventure every family should have. The views are breath-taking, the guides are super friendly & knowledgeable, the thrills are real!!! Fun, safe, well organized, an adventure of a lifetime!!!
Tanya V.Camp Run Lower Kern Rafting (Weekday) May 14, 2016
I had SO much fun white water rafting with Kern River Outfitters! Staff was super professional, friendly, and fun! Safety was their number one priority and they made sure we were well versed in various safety protocols. The guides worked well together as a team and they prepared a very nice lunch for everyone. They catered to all different age groups and all the guides had nearly 10 years of experience rafting. It was a blast, and I would absolutely book again with KRO!!
pmik16 .Big Five Lower Kern (Weekday) June 29, 2016
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