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Address: 11300 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238
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+1 800-457-2082
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Sierra South has been in business 30+ years and offers:

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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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Awesome first rafting tour on the Kern

Took my daughter to Kernville for spring break (1st week of April 2017). Sierra South is a top notch company. The staff are all helpful and catered to our needs. We highly... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
mtorreslawa
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my daughter to Kernville for spring break (1st week of April 2017). Sierra South is a top notch company. The staff are all helpful and catered to our needs. We highly recommend our guide, Justin, who is a nice guy (I heard some guides are like drill sergeants), knows the river well and made our rafting tour really exciting... More 

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Thank mtorreslawa
SierraSouthMtnSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words. We do our best to make sure that our guests have a fun, safe, and memorable experience. Justin really enjoys being a guide and I will be sure to pass along your review to him. We look forward to seeing you again this summer!! More 

Alpharetta, Georgia
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Wow!! My whitewater rafting experience was amazing! The store chicks, the raft guides, the bus drivers, made the trip! (of course the water was helpful!) I highly recommend taking a trip on the Kern River with the Sierra South Staff. Part of my group had never been whitewater rafting before, they were super nervous. The staff recognized this fear and... More 

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SierraSouthMtnSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this review

Megan, Thank you so much for your kind review. We really take pride in knowing that our customers have a safe and fun experience. This year we are looking forward to having a fantastic season. Hope to see you soon. More 

Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016

My 11 year old daughter and I did the Blaster trip with Sierra South and Thomas was our guide. Great guide. You can tell he loved what he did and worked hard to keep us interested and engaged everyone in the raft in fun conversation. Doing everything online was easy and straightforward. Completing the online waiver forms and all that... More 

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1 Thank Archer C
SierraSouthMtSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this review

Thank you Archer for your review. Glad that you enjoyed your experience. Be sure to come back and see us again. Water looks fantastic for 2017. More 

California City, California
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Had an excellent experience with Sierra South. Made reservations online which was quick and easy. Upon arrival we checked in and then we were met by our guide Jessica who was an excellent instructor. The river was only at 821cfs but the rafting was great. Did the Lickety-Split, which was the 2.5 hr session. Prices are reasonable. An all around... More 

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1 Thank Linda L
SierraSouthMtSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this review

Linda, Thank you for your review. I am glad that we were able to make this an enjoyable experience for you. The river this year looks like it will be better than it has in the past. Hope to see you this summer. More 

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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

This is the best company hands down in Kernville, California for the whitewater experience!! If you want to have a great time go to Sierra South!!

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1 Thank Melinda W
SierraSouthMtSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this review

Melinda, Thank you for your review. I am glad that you had a great time. Water should be even better this year. See you in the summer 2017. More 

London, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2015

We did white-water rafting with a guide named Peter. He was professional and friendly and gorgeous. We were a family of mostly novices and he guided us down in his canoe whilst we rafted behind him. It was a brilliant experience with teenage children and we all had an excellent time. All the staff were informative and helpful and hired... More 

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1 Thank Dee F
SierraSouthMtSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this review

Dee, Sounds like you had a fantastic time. Glad that we could make your trip memorable. Hoping to see you again. This summer the water should be better than prior years. More 

WOFFORD HEIGHTS
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43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2015

The safety program these raft guides are put through is second to none. Awesome ride on the Kern River rapids. You are in safe hands. Be ready to get wet and have some fun. The Kern is always ready to provide both.

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1 Thank Kelly L
SierraSouthMtSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this review

Kelly, Thank you for your review. Making sure that our customers have a fun and safe experience in a high priority. Hope you are ready to spend some time in Kern this year. The water is going to be better than it has been in 6 years. See you soon. More 

Mountain View, California
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2015

An all-around amazing starting point for exploring everything the Kern River has to offer. The guides and staff are extremely knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and focused on creating a world-class experience for any type of group. Nothing negative to say about this company - a must-do when visiting Kernville!

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1 Thank kplant90
SierraSouthMtSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this review

Thank you for your glowing review. We are as you said focused on providing a world-class experience for all of our customers. Hopefully you are looking forward to spending some time on the river. The water should be fantastic for the 2017 season. See you soon. More 

WOFFORD HEIGHTS
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43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2014

All the staff for the river trips are extensively trainer, only the best are employed. Your safety is number one for this company. The river rafting trips are the most fun around. They also sell and stand behind their products with staff that is knowledgeable about the lake and river, and can set you up with a guide or instructor... More 

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1 Thank Kelly L
SierraSouthMtSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this review

Kelly, Thank you for your review. We strive not only to make your trip memorable, but to make it safe as well. Hope you are looking forward to spending some time with us this summer. We've had record setting snow pack, so the water is looking great for 2017. Hope to see you soon. More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Early booking via email. Very flexible in terms of giving us credit for glasses and shorts required for the trip. Staff and instructor were very patient and friendly. Next year is predicted to yield a lot of water so go then.

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1 Thank simonburridge
SierraSouthMtSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this review

Simon, Thank you for your review. We are looking forward to an exceptional water year in 2017. Hope to see you this summer. More 

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