» Lower Kern
Bird’s Eye View
Like the American and Tuolumne Rivers are to Northern California boaters, the Lower Kern is the go-to summer river trip for SoCal rafters and kayakers. The whitewater is technical at low flows and very challenging at higher flows. Over the course of 20 miles, the run begins with Class II and III whitewater and ends with a tremendous series of Class IV rapids. There are numerous put-in and take-out options, as well as hot springs along the way. To be “stuck” running the Lower Kern in the summer is definitely a good thing!
Lower Kern in a Nutshell
Difficulty: Class III-V
Gradient: 30 ft/mi
Length: 20 miles total , 1-2 days
Season: May – September
Sections: Keyesville South to Miracle; Miracle to Democrat
Who should go: SoCal-ers looking for a close rafting trip (only 2.5 hours from LA), summer boaters who like warmer water and hot weather. Anyone who loves hot springs
Whitewater & Scenery
Read more about Lower Kern Whitewater.
Learn more about Lower Kern River Flows.
Keep reading about Lower Kern Logistics.