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 WebcamRestore Riverside Park
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.
See dreamflows.com, Kern at Kernville.
CDEC Isabella Reservoir
Flow data is provided by the Army Corp of Engineers, at Isabella info
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