Kern, California, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|KERN R AT KERNVILLE|
|cdec-KKV||5.24 - 9.00 ft||II-III||02h42m||9.4 ft (too high)|
Kernville park is the perfect place to meet other boaters, compare notes, paddle the play
features, watch others paddle the play features and just enjoy a great place.
Kernville itself is a nice town with lots of great restaurants, motels and
campgrounds. Sierra South store has whitewater and outdoor equipment
along with river news and good advice.
The river from Powerhouse #3 to Kernville is a popular section that is especially good for teaching and for anyone to practice their skills. Since it is below the powerhouse this section contains the full flow of the river. Overall, the run contains mostly riffles and waves, but there are two significant rapids, The Wall and Ewing's.
Local boaters are working to restore and improve Kernville Riverside Park.
Getting There: Kernville is at the upstream end of Lake Isabella google map. From Bakersfield, take Highway 178 up through the Kern Canyon, around Lake Isabella.
Cassady & Calhoun, Holbek & Stanley, Martin, Alan Baty
Other information sources:
Kern River Festival
Kern River Alliance
Kern Valley River Council
Audubon, Kern River Preserve
Wild and Scenic Kern
River at Kernville Webcam
Restore Riverside Park
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|4.7||Cemetary Take Out||N/A|
This is a man made rapid. A cobblestone dam backs up the river so that water can be diverted into a very small canal on river right. The dam forms a distinct horizon line. The current drops steeply over the dam towards the right then curves along a retaining wall on the right.
The second of the larger rapids on this run. Scout or portage on river right.
Kernville Park is a good meeting place and is the site of the first whitewater course in the US. Slalom races and other events are held regularly.
This is a common take out for boaters who continue past Kernville park.