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Difficulty II-V+
Length Miles
Gauge KERN RIVER AT KERNVILLE
Flow Range 800 - 1600 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 second ago N/A
Reach Info Last Updated 08/20/2009 4:04 pm

River Description


Challenging put in hike, but wonderful high sierra rewards.  The Kern Headwaters is generally considered one of the easiest of the High Sierra headwaters runs to the extent that expedition class 5 boating can be easy.  However, the hike to the put in is one of the longest at 23 miles and crosses  Whitney pass at about 13,600 feet elevation.  It takes a few days of hard hiking just to get to the river.

 

Other Information Sources: 

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

Billy Goat Crew & the Triple Crown article at Adventure Sports Online Journal

Photo Trip report by JD Levin

Headwaters of the Kern River by Preston Holmes

 

Kern River Rainbow Trout: This rainbow subspecies formally occurred throughout the Kern River drainage but is now limited to the mainstem, upstream of the Little Kern River where it occupies about 30 miles of stream habitat. The Kern River rainbow is a State Species of Special Concern primarily as a result of hybridization with planted rainbow trout. The current population is relatively stable and is not federally listed.     (Cal Trout)

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Gage Descriptions

Good target flow is 1100 CFS in Kernville. Large range of flow experienced over the length of this trip.

Permits

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Directions Description


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Alerts

News

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AW Comments on Forks of the Kern Permits

7/15/2001
Jason Robertson

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(CA) Kern River Management Alert

7/23/2001
Jason Robertson

255thumb.jpg If you've ever had the misfortune of applying for a permit to run the Forks of the Kern, you know what a royal pain the Forest Service's mismanagement of this river is. We finally have the chance to do something about this by seeking to move the river management into the newly established Sequoia National Monument. American Whitewater's letter on the new plan and our proposal to revise the existing management system is attached.
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Matt Muir

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Paul Martzen

Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1190010 10/29/04 n/a n/a
1195845 08/20/09 Paul Martzen