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California whitewater, Kern River

Kern county, Democrat Hot Springs to mouth of canyon section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     12 miles
  The scenic beauty of Kern County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. The campgrounds here at Kern River are pretty good. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large
    number of good rivers. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. The Democrat Hot Springs to mouth of canyon stretch of Kern River in Kern County is 12 miles long
and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V+ section. If you're coming from Bakersfield it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Democrat Hot Springs to mouth of canyon stretch is just one of many. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but  
if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
The beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Saturday Spring; there are plenty of people from Bakersfield here. A journey to Willow Spring will fill your soul with good feelings. Not much rain falls here at Kern River. January is the wettest month with most rain; the driest of the months is July. All through the warm months highs here at Kern River reach the 90's. Once the sun is down it falls down to the 50's. All through the winter highs are typically in the 50's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at Kern River.

Kern River, Democrat Hot Springs to mouth of canyon road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Kern River.
 Whitewater Near Kern River:
Kern River, Kern County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 12 miles long (Democrat Hot Springs to mouth of canyon)
Kern River, Kern County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.8 miles long (Mouth of canyon to Lake Ming)
Kern River, Kern County, 14 miles away
      Class III-V - 11.5 miles long (Sandy Flat to Democrat Hot Springs)
Kern River, Kern County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Lake Isabella to Sandy Flat)
Whitewater Outfitter - Chuck Richard's White Water, Kern County, 19 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Kern River Outfitters, Kern County, 22 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Hyside Inflatables River Trips, Kern County, 25 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Sierra South MT Sports, Kern County, 25 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Eagle Rafting, Kern County, 25 miles away
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 Ski Areas Near Kern River:
Shirley Meadow, California , 17 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Mt Waterman, California , 91 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Mountain High, California , 95 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 16 lifts, 62 runs
Ski Sunrise, California , 95 miles away, 816 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
 Marinas Near Kern River:
French Gulch Marina, Lake Isabella , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Kern River:
Americas Best Value Inn, Bakersfield , 15 miles away
Hampton & Suites BFL Hwy 58 CA, Bakersfield , 16 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Bakersfield, Bakersfield , 21 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Hill House, Bakersfield , 21 miles away
Holiday Inn Select BAKERSFIELD-CONVENTION CENTER, Bakersfield , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kern River:
Live Oak, Edison, 1 miles away
Lower Richbar Campground, Kern County, 2 miles away
Breckenridge Campground, Kern County, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Kern River:
Virginia Trail, Kern , 17 miles away, 4.1 hiking miles, 2879 feet elevation difference
Old Sled Trail, Tulare , 20 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 1313 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Kern River:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 54 miles away
Fort Tejon State Park, California , 37 miles away
Sequoia National Forest, California , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kern River:
Rio Bravo Country Club, Bakersfield , 9 miles away
Kern River Golf Course, Bakersfield , 13 miles away
Bakersfield Country Club, Bakersfield , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Kern River
Julia Lake, Kern , 13 miles away
Isabella Lake, Kern , 19 miles away

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