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Sierra South Mountain Sports

11300 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238
+1 800-457-2082
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Had a great time!

We had Gavin as our rafting guide. He was super helpful and fun. Frankly, I was scared to death to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Pam M
Whitewater merit badge trip with Scouts

Sierra South offers a number of packages for whitewater rafting on the Kern, some of which cater to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
craiginsd
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Poway, CA
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Sierra South has been in business 30+ years and offers: The oldest, largest, and most experienced whitewater kayaking school in Southern California. As well as, guided whitewater raft trips on the Kern River through Kernville as well as on the Upper Kern's Class III-V sections north of town. We offer recreational kayak trips on Lake Isabella, rock climbing courses at local climbing areas, standup paddleboard (SUP) rentals & classes, and river tube rentals and shuttles at the end of the whitewater season. We also have a brick-and-mortar outfitters store stocked with gear, clothing, and gifts for paddling and mountain sports adventures. We are centrally located in the river town of Kernville, with a view of the Kern from our deck. Since 1995 an online River Store, where an actual person who knows paddling will handle your order and/or answer the customer service line. We support the Kern Valley River Council, the annual Kern River Festival, and Kern River Streambed and Park Restoration Project. This is an award-winning location for those scouting for film, television, and print media.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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11300 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238
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Reviewed yesterday

We had Gavin as our rafting guide. He was super helpful and fun. Frankly, I was scared to death to go rafting. However, I enjoyed myself! Recommend this company!

Thank Pam M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sierra South offers a number of packages for whitewater rafting on the Kern, some of which cater to Boy Scouts. Our troop took advantage of their whitewater rafting merit badge offering, which worked out great. We've used this company in years past, but this was...More

Thank craiginsd
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Craig, Thank you for your kind review. We are very proud of our merit badge program. Sierra South’s co-owner, Tom Moore (an Eagle Scout) designed the Whitewater Merit Badge program more than 30 years ago. It is unique to the Kern River and has been...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went on their short run to introduce my son to rafting and it was just myself, my son, and the guide and he guided us safely through the rapids. I have never had a bad experience with them in the 20 years that I...More

Thank Brian M
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Brian, We are so pleased that you chose to go with us, while introducing your son to whitewater rafting. We do our best to make sure that everyone has a safe and fun first experience. Water was fantastic this year and we are hoping it...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took on full-day Thunder Run, and loved it. Guides McKinley and Evan were incredible. They knew their stuff, guided the raft perfectly and were a ton of fun. Lunch was great and the rafting even better. Highly recommended.

Thank saintisaac2
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Isaac, Thank you for your kind review. The Thunder-Run is our Class V Expert Run and we are not always able to run that section. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your trip. Hope to see you again soon. Let's hope for #ReturnoftheKern next year!!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We signed up for the Half Day Kern River Class IV rapids, we in advance. Their online system is very well organized, it allowed me to send the link to release forms by email to everyone in my group, so we arrived all done and...More

Thank SimonaDSoCal
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Simon, Sounds like you had a fantastic trip! We do our best to make sure that everyone has a safe and fun experience. We appreciate your wonderful review. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We recently did the Lickety Blaster trip down the Kern River with Sierra South Mountain Sports. After checking in, you get your gear and then go on buses up the river where you get a well thought out safety briefing and then you're in the...More

Thank Amy B
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Amy, Thank you for your kind review. We do our best to ensure that our guests have a safe and exciting adventure. The water looks like it will still be good through August. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Thank you to our guide, Andrew, for showing us a great time! The river is flowing and we had a blast. Very professional and thorough. Nailed it!

Thank BubbaCA
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Bubba, Thank you for your kind review. We do our best to ensure that our guests have a safe and enjoyable experience. We are hoping to have a great season next year. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 July 2017

I took my Scout troop; four adults, 10 Scouts (ages 11 through 18) in the Lickity Blaster; two runs down the Kern River; (2) Class 2 and (2) class 3 rapids; it was incredible! Out guides Lonnie and Thomas were friendly and great! Dillan performed...More

Thank Ed K
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ed, Thank you for your kind review. Glad to hear your scout troop enjoyed their experience. Maybe on your next visit you might consider earning your Whitewater Merit Badge on our Combo. Sierra South’s co-owner, Tom Moore (an Eagle Scout) designed the Whitewater Merit Badge...More

Reviewed 27 June 2017

We did the Lickety-Split Kern River Raft Trip (Class 2-3). Our guide was Ben and he was a great guide primarily because he really enjoys rafting and appreciates the river. He gave us thorough instructions prior to launching and was able to answer questions during...More

Thank mrsguevara
SierraSouthMtnSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2017

Thank you for your great review. We try to make sure that our guests have a safe and enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you in August the water should still be fantastic.

Reviewed 27 June 2017

I am so extremely happy that I picked Sierra South for our group white water rafting trip, we felt very safe with this company, they are VERY professional! They had a safety guy following us by kayak in the case that anyone should fall in...More

Thank Tanianevels
SierraSouthMtnSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2017

Thank you for your kind words. We do our best to make sure that your adventure is fun and safe. I like the "Ladies first" also. Hope to see you again soon.

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