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California whitewater, Kern River

Kern county, Mouth of canyon to Lake Ming section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     4.8 miles
I'm not sure the above coordinates are correct. I've guided the Kern for 7years. The takeout location is close enough but the putin coordinates are just wrong. Those coordinates would put you in the middle of some class VI rapids (IE unrunable) There are actually two putin locations.
1. LAT 35.439250 LON -118.802450 This put in is impossible to get to without trespassing. So you need special permission. It's located right below the
    Rio Bravo Hydroelectric Dam. This section is actually a class IV followed by two class V's. I've done the entire Kern, it's definitely V. You can only do this extra section during very high water years because the Power
plant diverts most of the water along this stretch.
2. LAT 35.429084 LON 118.825602 Also, on private property with no public access. Only Search and Rescue, Kayak Olympic Team, and River's End Rafting have access to this putin. There is also a public access point on racheria rd. There is a little trail to get there just past the gated community gates. I believe there is still a sign. It's not a long hike. That point gives you 5 miles of
very fun class II and III rapids, swimming areas, rope swings, etc. Be aware that many people have died along this section of the river because they were not wearing a life jacket. It's better to do this section with a professional guide because of all the potential hazards such as trees and brush. Says matt

Putin Location Coordinates:
Latitude: 35.45999
Longitude: -118.7783

Takeout Location Coordinates:
Latitude: 35.43289
Longitude: -118.85261 Says Susan

The starting location is a short drive from Bakersfield, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page.

Kern River, Mouth of canyon to Lake Ming road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Kern River.
 Whitewater Near Kern River:
Kern River, Kern County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.8 miles long (Mouth of canyon to Lake Ming)
Kern River, Kern County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 12 miles long (Democrat Hot Springs to mouth of canyon)
Kern River, Kern County, 21 miles away
      Class III-V - 11.5 miles long (Sandy Flat to Democrat Hot Springs)
Kern River, Kern County, 26 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Lake Isabella to Sandy Flat)
Whitewater Outfitter - Chuck Richard's White Water, Kern County, 26 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Kern River Outfitters, Kern County, 29 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Kern River:
Shirley Meadow, California , 23 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Mt Waterman, California , 94 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Mountain High, California , 98 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 16 lifts, 62 runs
Ski Sunrise, California , 98 miles away, 816 foot drop, 4 lifts, 24 runs
 Hotels Near Kern River:
WoodSpring Suites Bakersfield, Bakersfield , 8 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Bakersfield , 8 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites-Bakersfield-Hwy 58 CA, Bakersfield , 9 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Bakersfield, Bakersfield , 14 miles away
Best Western Plus Hill House, Bakersfield , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kern River:
Kern River County Park, Bakersfield, 4 miles away
Lower Richbar Campground, Kern County, 5 miles away
Camp Okihi Group, Bakersfield, 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Kern River:
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers - CA , 56 miles away
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Thousand Oaks - CA , 70 miles away
Fort Tejon State Park, California , 33 miles away
Hungry Valley State Park, California , 38 miles away
Tule Elk State Reserve, California , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kern River:
Rio Bravo Country Club, Bakersfield , 3 miles away
Kern River Golf Course, Bakersfield , 6 miles away
Bakersfield Country Club, Bakersfield , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Kern River
Julia Lake, Kern , 18 miles away

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