» Upper Kern
Bird’s Eye View
The Kern River is located in the southernmost part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, just an hour from Bakersfield and 3 1/2 hours from Los Angeles. One of the greatest things about the Upper Kern River is that there is incredible diversity in your boating options. It really has everything from Class II to Class V, and it’s all easily accessible.
The Upper Kern in a Nutshell
Difficulty: Class II-V, several sections
Length: 20 miles (for all sections)
Season: April – July
Put-in: Johnsondale Bridge
Take-out: Kern River Park
Who should go: Folks looking to escape the Southern California heat; there is something for everyone on the Upper Kern.
Whitewater & Scenery
With rapids ranging from Class II to Class V, easy road access, and short 1/2 day stretches, the Kern is a great place both to learn how to kayak or raft and to advance your skills to the next level. In places, the river goes away from the road and the scenery is quite beautiful.
Read more about Upper Kern Whitewater.
Learn more about Upper Kern River Flows.