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California whitewater, Kern River

Kern county, Lake Isabella to Sandy Flat section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     7 miles
Would like to know where your closest town is. We will be staying in Bishop, CA. How long is rafting ? Only class II-III? Please call 949 280 4149. Ideally I would be liking class 3-4. Says Gordon

The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Bakersfield, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Kern River in Kern County is 7 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater
    according to American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Kern County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The wild scenery of the Southern Sierra Nevada is great. There are plenty of other stretches
in this river system that can be paddled as well. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking  
or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy.

Briefly about the general area:
The smiling folks of Bodfish like to hang out nearby; there's splendid hiking along the Virginia Trail. Be careful coming to the Southern Sierra Nevada, you might not ever wanna return back home again. A good location close to Kern River is Hot Spring Valley, and the snow is perfect at Shirley Meadow.

Kern River, Lake Isabella to Sandy Flat road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Kern River.
 Whitewater Near Kern River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Chuck Richard's White Water, Kern County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Kern River, Kern County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Lake Isabella to Sandy Flat)
Kern River, Kern County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 11.5 miles long (Sandy Flat to Democrat Hot Springs)
Whitewater Outfitter - Kern River Outfitters, Kern County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Hyside Inflatables River Trips, Kern County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Sierra South MT Sports, Kern County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Eagle Rafting, Kern County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Kern River, Kern County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 12 miles long (Democrat Hot Springs to mouth of canyon)
Kern River, Tulare/ Kern County, 20 miles away
      Class III-V - 17 miles long (Johnsondale Bridge to Powerhouse #3)
Kern River, Kern County, 20 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.8 miles long (Mouth of canyon to Lake Ming)
 Ski Areas Near Kern River:
Shirley Meadow, California , 7 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Mt Waterman, California , 86 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Mountain High, California , 89 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 16 lifts, 62 runs
Ski Sunrise, California , 89 miles away, 816 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
Mt. Baldy, California , 97 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 28 runs
 Marinas Near Kern River:
French Gulch Marina, Lake Isabella , 2 miles away
Reds Kern Valley Marina, Lake Isabella , 5 miles away
 Hotels Near Kern River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites TEHACHAPI HWY 58/MILL ST., Tehachapi , 27 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Tehachapi, Tehachapi , 27 miles away
Best Western Mountain Inn, Tehachapi , 27 miles away
Best Western Plus Country Park Hotel, Tehachapi , 27 miles away
La Quinta Inn Tehachapi, Tehachapi , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kern River:
Sandy Flat, Bodfish, 2 miles away
Keyesville Rec Site, Bodfish, 2 miles away
Hobo Campground, Kern County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Kern River:
Virginia Trail, Kern , 12 miles away, 4.1 hiking miles, 2879 feet elevation difference
Bull Run Cattle Drive, Tulare , 14 miles away, 3.6 hiking miles, 1739 feet elevation difference
Cannell Meadow Trail, Kern , 14 miles away,  21.4 hiking miles, 5112 feet elevation difference
Old Sled Trail, Tulare , 16 miles away, 2.1 hiking miles, 1313 feet elevation difference
Tobias Creek Trail, Tulare , 16 miles away, 6.5 hiking miles, 4434 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Kern River:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 54 miles away
Sequoia National Forest, California , 27 miles away
Red Rock Canyon State Park, California , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kern River:
Kern Valley Golf Course, Kernville , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Kern River
Isabella Lake, Kern , 3 miles away
Julia Lake, Kern , 13 miles away

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