Kern River: The Details

This wee bit of wilderness is a magnet for Southern California whitewater fans, but the long foaming ride through mixed conifer cliffs is not for the novice. Here Mother Nature writes the rulebook for the high stakes game you're about to play. High spring flows produce rapid-fire whitewater at Deadman's Curve, Oscar's Nightmare, and Hari Karl that only experts should attempt. Calmer area attractions include historic Kernville and Isabella Lake.

When to go: Spring and summer
Getting there: Hwy. 178 to junction of Hwy. 155
Put-in: Various locations along Hwy. 178
Take-out: Various locations along Hwy. 178
River Class: II-IV

Local BLM Office:
Caliente Resource Area
4301 Rosedale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 3 Oct 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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