Sunday, December 28, 2008

 

Kern River Wild and Scenic - California Whitewater Overview.

Canoeing , Rafting & Kayaking Guide - Kern County & Tulare County California, USA.


Kern River Whitewater Runs - put-ins and other landmark locations.


Kern River North Fork (Upper Kern).
A. Forks of the Kern Run, class IV-V, 14 miles.
put-in - N 36.13098 W 118.43631
take-out - N 35.96786 W 118.48974

B. Johnsondale Bridge to Fairview Dam Run, class III-IV, 2.7 miles. (Limestone)
put-in - N 35.96786 W 118.48974 ??
Limestone Campground - N 35.96259 W 118.48236
take-out - N 35.94495 W 118.47914

C. Below Fairview Dam to Below Fairview Resort Run, class III, 3 miles.
put-in - N 35.94495 W 118.47914
take-out - N 35.91338 W 118.48703

D. Below Fairview Resort to Above Gold Ledge Campground Run, class III-VIp, 2.7 miles.
put-in - N 35.91338 W 118.48703
take-out - N 35.89427 W 118.46648

E. Above Gold Ledge Campground to The Cable Run, class III-V, 6 miles.
put-in - N 35.89427 W 118.46648
take-out - N 35.82506 W 118.46605

F. The Cable to Kern River Powerhouse #3 Run, class III-IV, 3.5 miles.
put-in - N 35.82506 W 118.46605
playspot - N 35.80928 W 118.45495 - Camp 3 Wave Park & Surf Kayak Playspot
take-out - N 35.77514 W 118.43483

G. Kern River Powerhouse #3 to Riverside Park Run, class III, 2 miles.
put-in - N 35.77514 W 118.43483
take-out - N 35.75160 W 118.42163

H. Riverside to the Cemetery Run, class I-III, 2 miles.
put-in - N 35.75160 W 118.42163
take-out - N 35.72352 W 118.43459

Kern River - South Fork.
I. Kennedy Meadows to Long Valley Run, class III-V+, 22 miles.
put-in - N 36.01967 W 118.13530
take-out - N 35.84819 W 118.14530

(unrunnable ?? section with difficult access)

J. Gaging Station to Isabella Run, class ??, ~10 miles.
put-in - N 35.73909 W 118.17525
take-out - N 35.67199 W 118.32737

Kern River Main (Lower Kern).
K. Isabella Dam to Miracle Hot Springs Run, class II-III, 8.5 miles.
put-in - N 35.64148 W 118.48236
take-out - N 35.57747 W 118.53304

L. Miracle Hot Springs to Democrat Springs Run, class III-IV, 12 miles.
put-in - N 35.57747 W 118.53304
take-out - N 35.52929 W 118.66548

M. Democrat Springs - Cadillacs Section, class V+, 2.9 miles.
put-in - N 35.52481 W 118.67306 (below Democrat Dam)
take-out - N 35.49338 W 118.69904

N. Lucas & Richbar Sections, class IVp, 4.6 miles.
put-in - N 35.49338 W 118.69904
Lucas Creek Falls - N 35.48321 W 118.71461 (portage)
take-out - N 35.47886 W 118.74062 ?? (Nude Beach)

O. Cataracts Section, class V+, 2.7 miles.
put-in - N 35.47886 W 118.74062 ?? (Nude Beach)
take-out - N 35.44094 W 118.79532

P. Mouth of Canyon to Rancheria Rd, class II-IV, 3 miles.
put-in - N 35.44094 W 118.79532
Diversion Dam - N 35.43931 W 118.80160
take-out - N 35.42571 W 118.82941 (Rancheria Rd - Forest Route 25503)

Q. Rancheria Rd to Hart Park Run, class II, 6 miles.
put-in - N 35.42571 W 118.82941 (Rancheria Rd - Forest Route 25503)
take-out - N 35.44676 W 118.92005

River Map - whitewater put-in locations on the Kern River.

Instructions for interactive road maps & river maps.
• For full screen topographic & road maps see below.

Full-Screen River Map - Kern River landmarks.
Point or DoubleClick on the red markers to see the names & coordinates of landmarks shown above (A, B, etc.).

Online River Guides & River Flow Data for Paddle Boating.

Directory for Paddleboating on the Kern River.
(Click on All Tags, click on a river. Display options - alphabetical 100. See section 1.)

Printed Guidebooks - Kern River.

Guide Book - Western Whitewater From the Rockies to the Pacific, 1994. (pg. 326-336)
Guide Book - California Whitewater - A Guide to the Rivers, Third Edition 1995. (pg.12-38)
Guide Book - Best Whitewater in California, Third Edition 1998. (pg 285-298)
Guide Book - Sierra Whitewater - A Paddler's Guide ... 1974. (pg. 148-158)
California River Maps - Atlas & Gazetteer by Delorme, 2008.

Kern River Boating Stories NEEDED !!

Please contact me to submit your Kern River trip report. I will post or link to whitewater boating trip stories, pictures & videos from guest authors.
Lower Kern Playboating KRT and Royal Flush playspots video - FilmerSpencer 27july2009.
Tubing at Kern River video - izzie360 23june2009.
End of Kern River 08 video - BigAirProductions 24aug2008.
Playboating the Lower Kern video - BigAirProductions 08aug2008.
rafting & kayaking videos - kayaker6sic6.
Kern river 2007 video - CHATO1975.
Troop47 - Kern River Rafting june2008.
Kern River Rafting 2005 video - RobHartman.
cataracts of the kern river kayaking video - kayaker6sic6 12july2007.
Brush Creek kayak race Kern River Festival 2007 - sweagenwench 20may2007.
Forks of the Kern River pictures - riverhoney 04may2007.
Kayaking the Lower Kern River - Sierra Sojourner 23july2007.
Kern River Whitewater video - Dave 23sept2006.
Running the Kern Headwaters - Veritas 29july2006.
Lower Kern River trip report - paddling.net 01feb2001.

Whitewater River Canyons - Outdoor Activities & Environmental Protection.

• Kern River is included within the Wild & Scenic Rivers, National Program USA.
Kern River Valley Conservation & Recreation Directory. Websites for the Kern River watershed. (Display options - alphabetical 100. Section 1=kayaking-canoeing, 2=oarboating-rafting, 3=environment-conservation, 4=fishing, 5=hiking-camping, 6=other-resources)

More about:
Kern River NF - Camp 3 Wave - Park & Surf Kayak Playspot.
• Nearby rivers & creeks: Kaweah River, Tule River, San Joaquin River Valley Region.
Rafting, Canoeing, and Kayaking Guides for Whitewater Rivers in California.
What to expect from these whitewater river kayaking and rafting guides - BRT Insights.

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