Kern River Raft Rentals - Self Guided River Rafting on the Kern River

What You Get

Choice of 10-foot or 14-foot inflatable raft for 6-8 people.

Standard 3-hour raft rental, hourly rental or 24-hour rental.

Raft paddling skills overview & safety lesson.

Personal flotation device, helmet, paddles, safety throw ropes, tie-down straps & Kern River map.

Optional raft drop-off & pick-up at the Kern River.

Pricing & Pay

Purchase Online 24/7.

Reserve your group's raft by paying for your spot, then tell your friends to pay for their spots later.

3-hour rental bookings are for individual guest spots. Rafts can be rented between two or more guests.

Tiered pricing for 3-hour rentals available with discounts for groups of 15 or more.

We can beat any outfitter's Kern River Rafting Rental prices -- Just ask us!

Quick Facts

The "Lickety Split", Kernville Rapids run is about 3 river miles. Standard rental time is 3-hours.

The Kern River features Class I through Class V whitewater. "Lickety Split", Kernville Rapids run is Class II & Class III whitewater.

Rafts fit 2-8 people.

Age Minimim: 12 years old & up. Youth must have continuous adult supervision.

Important Considerations When Choosing a Self-Guided Kern River Rental

What to Expect

Personal flotation device & helmet fitting & orientation on how to properly wear them.

Raft paddling skills instruction for individual paddling & paddling as a team.

Comprehensive safety lesson including self-rescue, rescuing others & important actions to de-risk your trip.

River navigation orientation including Kern River obstacles, hazards, attractions & points-of-interest.

An exciting time rafting the famous Kern River!

Three FAQs & Answers

Q: My friends booked this rental. How do I join their party? A: When booking your spot, fill in the name of your group organizer on your Waiver. We will then know you are part of that organizer's group.

Q: What if members of my group drop out before the 3-hour trip? A: For the standard 3-hour rental, each guest pays for his/her own spot. As long as two members of your group arrive, you can go on the river. You are not required to pay for people who dropped out.

Q: Can my group rent rafts to go on any section of the Kern River? A: You may rent our rafts & go anywhere. Make sure to obtain required permits with the US Forest Service and/or other permitting agencies before the day of your rental.

Answers to more FAQs are sent in your Trip Confirmation email when your trip is booked.

Is Renting Right for You?

If you & your group have rafting experience (reading water & giving commands at the same time.)

If you want to enjoy an activity that requires solid teamwork between you & your group.

If you enjoy conquering whitewater on the Kern River your way, on your terms & on your own schedule.

If you have a group that loves whitewater rafting & the challenge of the Kern River, but you do not own a raft.

If you are a group that wants to run different sections of the Kern River without a hired river guide, then renting may be right for you.

Kern River Raft Rentals


Kern River Rafting



The Kern River is Class I through V.

Know Before You Go


Kern River Raft Rentals


Rafts are the most difficult watercraft to maneuver since rafting is a group activity.

Rafting requires synchronized paddling from everyone. Commands are made by one person for the group to follow.

If you & your group have the skills to white water raft without a professional river guide, we have your river gear & raft rentals at great prices.

You must obtain a Kern River rafting permit with the US Forest Service.

Rafting on your own can be a great social activity that can bond your group through teamwork. It can be fun for families & friends.

Rather rent kayaks? We have kayak rentals too.

If you rent rafts & gear for your Kern River trip, there will be no river guide or life guard immediately available for rescues.

Strong swimming skills required.


Kern River Raft Rentals Rates:

Hourly rates & 24-hour rentals available. If you want to run more sections of the Kern River or if you plan to camp & raft for multiple days, consider our 24-hour rental packages.


With your rental, included are paddles, personal flotation devices, helmets, pump(s), tie-straps & safety gear.


Located in Kern Valley, near Kernville, California, the Kern River is a 1-hour drive from Bakersfield and a 3-hour drive from Los Angeles & Orange County.

Before or after your river trip, explore Kernville & its many shops & restaurants, the Trail of 100 Giants, the Forks of the Kern, Lake Isabella & numerous wilderness hiking, biking, backpacking & camping options in Sequoia National Forest.


Guests are responsible to cover costs for any lost or damaged river gear that has been rented.

 If you are not a strong paddler or swimmer, consider reserving our Guided Kern River Rafting and Guided Kern River Kayaking trips.

With a Kern River raft rental, run several sections of the Kern, depending on your skill-level.

With a Kern River raft rental, run several sections of the Kern, depending on your skill-level.
••• The lower Kern River below lake Isabella offers incredible whitewater rafting and camping. Some of the best in the world •••

During a Kern River raft rental, take a run on Ewings Rapid, a Class 3 rapid in Kernville.

During a Kern River raft rental, take a run on Ewings Rapid, a Class 3 rapid in Kernville.
••• The Kern River offers over 60 miles of whitewater rafting fun. Visit, camp, rent rafts, kayaks and gear. Get out there and explore •••

Kern River raft rentals are a great option if you don’t have enough river gear for group or you want to explore more.

Kern River raft rentals are a great option if you don't have enough river gear for group or you want to explore more.
••• There are numerous fun outdoors things to do in the Kern River Valley, including hiking, camping, horseback riding. See the Southern Sierra and its gorgeous landscape •••

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