The "Lickety Split" Run, Kernville Rapids - The Kern River's Most Popular Run

Trip Overview

Meeting Place: Downtown Kernville, CA.

Available: Mondays through Saturdays.

2 Start Times per Day: Mid-mornings & mid-afternoons.

Trip Type: Great family & friends trip, social, high-energy & fun.

Age Minimum: 5 years with adult supervision.

Pricing & Pay

Purchase Online 24/7 (online booking is opening soon.)

Reserve & secure your entire group's trip online by simply paying for your spot, then tell your group to pay for their spots later.

Tiered pricing available with discounts for groups of 15 & over.

We can beat any other outfitter's price -- Just ask us how!


Quick Facts

Run is a little over 3 river miles & trip is 1.5-2 hours (from check-in to finish.)

Features Class II & Class III rapids like Big Daddy, Little Las Vegas & Ewings.

Rafts fit 4-16 people.

Choose between one-person & two-person inflatable kayaks.

Fully guided trips & Do-it-Yourself Rentals available.





Join us in Kernville & the Sequoia National Forest for River Rafting and Kayaking trips on the Wild and Scenic Kern River. We offer: Guided Rafting & Kayaking Day Trips, "Do It Yourself" Rental Day Trips (where you go without a river guide), Group Training, Catered Picnics or BBQ Parties & High Adventure Classes.


Kern River rafting and kayaking are fun activities for all ages. We are open April - October, Monday - Saturday. Plan for a few hours or come for the day!


Many Kern River Trip guests jump into our fun activities such as our exclusive river contests, hiking trips & water sliding. Come on the Kern River with PRT and you may receive on-the-spot prizes to stoke up the FUN!


Get ready to PaRTy!



What Makes Us Different? • You Will See the Difference


We offer high-quality, comprehensive, in-person classes from river rafting and kayaking experts. Our mission is to spark a life-long love of rivers for many of our guests. After training, many guests go on to plan and host their own private trips. Sections of the Kern River are excellent for training beginners and those with intermediate skills. After taking our classes, guests may run several other fun and more challenging sections of Kern River on their own with with confidence and skill.

Special Service

We offer special services such as photography, beverages and snacks. Our guides take time to listen to guests and work hard to exceed expectations. We are informative and fun. We also take our time during trips so guests will not feel rushed, pushed along in large groups or forgotten. We DO NOT and WILL NOT over-book trips because every guest is important to us. We want every guest to have fun and know we mean it when we say they are important.

Customized Trips

We offer more trip options and flexibility than other any other outfitter on the Kern River. We are specialists in multi-day river trip planning and customization. We will consult with you to create your river trip and multi-day experience that you and your guests will regard as one of the most fun events you've had in a long time. We will create a high-quality, professional and FUN float trip, picnic, BBQ, reunion, group, work, school or church event and outdoors experience that you and your guests will fondly remember and brag about.

Men whitewater rafting and kayaking through Ewings rapid on the Kern River in Kernville California.
••• Whitewater rafting at its best. Pushing through Ewings Rapid on the "Lickety Split" section of the Kern River. Enjoy a day in Kernville while you raft and kayak with us •••
Men rafting in a red raft during a whitewater rafting trip on the Kern River near Kernville California.
••• Guided trips and do-it-yourself raft and kayak rentals on the Kern River are awesome for large groups. We can accommodate you, your family, friends and co-workers for a fun whitewater rafting party •••
Two groups rafting and kayaking through Big Daddy rapid on the Kern River near Kernville California.
••• Whitewater rafting through "Big Daddy" rapid. This will get your heart pounding and you'll get soaked. Fun and good times for everyone •••



"During my river trip with Pro Rafting Tours, there were moments of uncertainty that scared and yet exhilarated me. My time on the river taught me that the most valuable experiences in life push you out of your comfort zone. They help you realize how tough and capable you really are."

~ Keola Kinghorn, Hawaii

If you would like a reference about us from Keola, send us your contact information and we will connect you.



Our Kern River Services

Our River Guides

With formal training in river and whitewater navigation and risk management, our river guides are informative, knowledgeable, supportive and State Licensed and First Aid & CPR certified. Take a trip with our river guides and you will find that our team is friendly, personable, fun-loving and passionate about rivers and the outdoors.


For both Guided and Self-Guided trips, we drive Kern River rafting and kayaking guests from your cars to our Kern River put-in and we pick you up at the river take-out to drive you back to your cars. We can accommodate large groups and private groups. Our shuttles are clean & spacious. Our drivers practice safe driving.

Classes, Training & Instruction

After our Kern River Skills Navigation, Paddling & Safety Classes, you'll be ready to do trips on your own safely and with confidence. We also offer Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Training and Youth Training. Browse our classes and contact us with any specific training that you would like to receive.

River Gear Rentals

If you want to run trips yourself on the Kern River, or anywhere, we offer river gear rentals at hourly and daily rates. If you need camping gear, such as camp stoves, dry boxes and coolers, we offer camping gear rentals at daily rates. Training is provided as part of all river gear rental packages. Come out and spend the weekend on the Kern River. Have your camping experience fully catered with our camp pre-packed meals.

Catered Picnics & BBQs

Enjoy a fully-catered picnic or BBQ after your Kern River trip and leave the work to us. We offer deluxe full-service gourmet river meal catering. Our menu is filled with a variety of healthy, hearty and delicious appetizers, meals and snacks that are perfect for your Kern River Party.

Photography Services

Our photographers will capture photos of you and your group as you float the Kern River. We will get photos of you and your group from angles you will not be able to take yourself while you are rafting or kayaking. Our photographers will have your photos ready for you after your trip & you can purchase them for up to a year after your trip. You will be stoked to post your photos on social media and share how much fun you had.

DIRECTIONS TO YOUR KERN RIVER TRIP: Meet Us at Riverside Park, located on Kern River Drive in Kernville, CA. We are located 1-hour from Bakersfield and 3-hours from Los Angeles, Orange County and Riverside, CA.

KERN RIVER TRIP PHONE: Call or Text Us at: (801)404-8297