Welcome to Kern River Tours
The 2020 season is in full swing! As of mid June we are excited to provide a Lower Kern whitewater rafting experience for you, your family, friends and coworkers into September. Check out our most popular trips below!
Guiding whitewater in the Kern Valley since 1974, we are locally owned and operating out of two locations. Our Kernville location “The River Place” allows us to serve the upper section of the Kern River and our headquarters, “The Warehouse,” located in Lake Isabella accommodates trips for below the dam referred to as the lower section.
Kern River Tour’s expertly trained staff takes pride in the opportunity to share their deep love for one of America’s most exciting and versatile rivers with you, our guest. Friendly and welcoming, they are always looking forward to providing you with a fun and safe whitewater rafting experience that will make you want to come back again and again. If our guides are not enjoying the river with you we can usually find them playing on the water in one form or another.
We find great joy in being able to accommodate just about all ages and experience levels. From a short jaunt to a relaxing scenic day to a raging class V multiple-day wilderness adventure, we have something for everyone.
About the Kern River:
Located in California, we are just about three hours north of Los Angeles. A hidden gem nestled at the southern tip of the Sierra Nevada’s, the Kern River has over 60 miles of commercially run whitewater. The typical season begins in April as the snow pack from the western slope of the highest peak in the continental United States, Mt. Whitney, begins to melt. This snow melt drains into the upper river basin and makes its way down to the Lake Isabella reservoir. The water is then let out of the Isabella dam forming a 21-mile stretch of excellent, commercially run whitewater.