Kern - 6) Below Democrat to Kern #1 Powerhouse


Kern, California, US

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6) Below Democrat to Kern #1 Powerhouse

Usual Difficulty IV-V+ (for normal flows)
Length 12 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level


River Description

The section can be divided into three distinct runs. 

The Cadilacs, a class 5 section. 

Richbar, a class 3 4 section.

The Cataracts, an impressive class 5+ section. 

 

The highway runs close to the river along this whole section so there are many potential locations for put in and take out.   There are however many other areas where it is awkward and difficult to get from the river back up to the road if you get in trouble.   Scout carefully from the many turnouts. 

 

Other Information Sources:  
Camping
Wikipedia
Kern River Festival
Kern River Alliance
Kern Valley River Council
Audubon, Kern River Preserve
Wild and Scenic Kern
Sequoia National Forest Kernville office phone # 760-376-3781
Sierra South store

 


FERC information:    License #1930
All of the documents for KR1 can be found using a wildcard search at
http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp#skipnavsub

Change the years to 1992 to 1999, use a docket number of P-1930-*, and keep clicking 'Next Page' until you reach the titles of interest. The Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) for KR1 is at
http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/searc...oclist=1835261

Key ruling from FERC:

"We don't recommend any flow releases for whitewater boating enhancement because of potential conflicts with other recreational users and because the existing whitewater boating use in the Kern River No. 1 bypassed reach is low compared to other recreational activities in the project area, despite the fact that flows are frequently available for either the "suitable" or "optimum" boating conditions. We believe that the available data indicates the current flow conditions allow for a reasonable balance of all recreation uses and that existing whitewater boating use is not significantly limited or constrained by the projects present operation. We do, however, recommend that Edison's work with the FS and other interested groups to develop a plan to monitor recreation patterns in the bypassed reach for 5 years to evaluate the need for future flow augmentation."



A GUIDE TO THE BEST WHITEWATER IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, HOLBEK & STANLEY, 1988

Cataracts Video

 


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-01-12 12:54:12

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.3Gauge: KE-16

Rapid Descriptions

Gauge: KE-16
This gauging station is just a short ways below Democrat Dam and measures flow in the river that is not diverted by the KR-1 powerhouse.
KRD - KERN R BLW DIVERSION DAM, KE-16   (CDEC link).


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