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Difficulty I-II
Length 4.8 Miles
Gauge Kern Below Lake Isabella
Flow Range 400 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 165 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 09/18/2012 11:49 pm

River Description

Below Rancheria Road, the Kern is scenic and relatively flat.  There are a number of rapids or sections of swiftwater along the length.  Much of this section flows past public parks, so there are many options for access.  Below Hart Park the river is lined with private residences. 

Put in:
There is a large parking area on the south side of Rancheria Rd bridge.

Take out:
There appear to be a number of options for take out at either Kern River State Park (Lake Ming), or at the Kern River County Park.    There may be even more options further downstream, but boaters will have to portage various diversion dams.  


Other Information Sources:
Cassady & Calhoun, Martin, Alan Baty
Kern River Parkway
History article

Rapid Descriptions


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Kyle Rushing
8 years ago

The run from the mouth down to the Rancheria Run the water is diverted so you need high water to run this but is an amazing run with water. The Rancheria run as posted below is off the hiking trail on the east side of rancheria rd. We call this the Rancheria Run or Play Spot. Its the best place to teach new kayakers and also has some very fun playboating and practice spots. Fun waves and holes at different levels even low water is fun. Great place to fine tune your play boat or river running skills 15 minutes from Downtown Bakersfield.

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martin hoff
18 years ago

Fun spot just twenty minutes from Bakersfield. A few waves and play spots. Best above 600cfs. A short hiking trail just north of the bridge on Rancheria Rd. leads to the best spots. Easily spend an hour or so on the play spots right near your automobile. Enjoy!

Gage Descriptions

Release from Isabela Dam

Directions Description

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Date Flow Result Factor  
2011-06-13 High Fatality High Water Read More




Paul Martzen


Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1201589 09/18/12 Paul Martzen Subdivided river section
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