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Sierra South Mountain Sports

11300 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238
+1 800-457-2082
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First Time Rafting!

We did the Lickety-Split Kern River Raft Trip (Class 2-3). Our guide was Ben and he was a great... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
mrsguevara
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Southern California
The best white water rafting experience EVER!

I am so extremely happy that I picked Sierra South for our group white water rafting trip, we felt... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tanianevels
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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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 2 days ago

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 yesterday

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 3 days ago

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 yesterday

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.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our Boy Scout troop went rafting this weekend and they all had a blast. The older boys stayed on the river for about 6 hours and got their whitewater merit badge; the younger boys did the Lickety Blaster and wanted more! Sierra South worked with...More

Thank TLCarter
SierraSouthMtnSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the kind review. We are very proud of our Whitewater Merit Badge program. I am glad that you made the decision to come rafting with us. Hope to see you again soon as our season looks like it will be extended this...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thank you to all of the guides who took our large group white water rafting this past saturday! I would name you all but I'm afraid to leave someone out and you all deserve credit. You are a very pleasant and friendly group of guides...More

Thank Kimberly V
SierraSouthMtnSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kim, Thank you for your kind review. In the 32 years that we've operated, we do our best to make sure that all of our guests have a safe and enjoyable experience. I am so glad to hear that your group is looking to return....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my family of four to the river for the Memorial Day weekend. We signed up for the Lickety-Blaster trip, since we have 2 younger kids, 8 and 13. This package is perfect for a quick intro to white water rafting since its only a...More

Thank Mojo C
SierraSouthMtnSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words. We are so happy that you enjoyed your whitewater experience. We do enjoy working with our to guests to ensure that they have a safe and fun trip. Andrew will be thrilled to know that he made your trip...More

Reviewed 25 April 2017

Very impressed with this company. The people inside the store were all extremely nice and helpful. Location was awesome, directly across from the river. Our guide Joey was phenomenal. He was a friendly and fun person to spend the day with (we did an all-day...More

Thank Phillip H
SierraSouthMtnSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017

Philip, Thank you for your kind words. We really make every effort to ensure that our guests have a safe and fun experience. We honestly do enjoy what we do and guests like you make it a pleasure. The water is going to continue to...More

Reviewed 9 April 2017

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...More

Thank mtorreslawa
SierraSouthMtnSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

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...More

Reviewed 19 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...More

Thank megw89
SierraSouthMtnSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

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.

Reviewed 5 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....More

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SierraSouthMtSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2017

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.

Reviewed 23 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....More

1  Thank Linda L
SierraSouthMtSports, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2017

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.

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