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Difficulty II-III
Length 2 Miles
Gauge R AT KERNVILLE
Flow Range 5.24 - 9.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 7.01 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/29/2010 5:59 pm

River Description


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.  

Guidebooks:
Cassady & Calhoun, Holbek & Stanley, Martin, Alan Baty


Other information sources:
Camping
Wikipedia
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

 

 

 

Rapid Descriptions

Powerhouse rapid

Class - III Mile - 0.69
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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.

Ewings

Class - II Mile - 1.66
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The second of the larger rapids on this run.  Scout or portage on river right.  

Kernville Park

Class - N/A Mile - 1.9
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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.

Cemetary Take Out

Class - N/A Mile - 4.7
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This is a common take out for boaters who continue past Kernville park.   

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See dreamflows.com, Kern at Kernville.  

CDEC  Isabella Reservoir

Flow data is provided by the Army Corp of Engineers, at Isabella info

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
R AT KERNVILLE
AW Gauge Info
7.01 ft 01h15m
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