Saturday, August 28, 2010


Kern River Camp 3 Wave - Park & Play Kayak Freestyle Surfing

North Fork Kern River, Sequoia National Forest, Tulare County, California, USA.

This kayak freestyle surfing wave is located on NF Kern River at Camp 3. The Camp 3 Wave is located 5 miles north of Kernville, CA on the Kern River Highway (County Road 521). This is in the middle of the NF Kern River - Cable to Kern River Powerhouse #3 Run (class III-IV, 3.5 miles).

"Wave seems best at flow rates around 2000 cfs though still fun around 1200 & below." (Camp 3 Wave -

River flow data updates: NF Kern River flow At Kernville - DreamFlows.

Driving Directions, Distance, Estimated Time & Road Conditions.

Mapquest provides directions, distance & time from your house to the river.
• From Davis, CA to Kernville, CA - driving time 5 hours 45 minutes - 350.48 miles. Obviously I'm not able to go there very often.

California Road Conditions (Delays or closures due to weather, construction, etc.)
California Travel Information -
Road Conditions - California Dept Transportation.

Road Map, Terrain Map & Topographic River Map.

• The map is interactive. Click and drag to reposition map. Map user FAQ.
• Point on the red markers to see their names. Use the tool on the left to zoom and pan.
• Map button = road map. Terrain = 3D shaded topo map. Topo = topographic map.
Full-Screen Topographic Map - Camp 3 Wave, NF Kern River.

Zoom in on the Satellite view of the map to see the whitewater!!

More River Landmarks - Geographic Coordinates.
Copy/paste the coordinates below into the search box at Google Maps or into the Find box at Acme Mapper.
• N 35.80928 W 118.45495, Camp 3 Wave (A).
• N 35.75473 W 118.42541, Kernville, CA (B) Elevation 2800 feet.
• N 35.75449 W 118.42337, Gaging station (C)

Local weather in Kernville, California.

Click for Kernville, California Forecast

Online River Guides & River Flow Data for Paddle Boating.

Kern River Wild & Scenic whitewater river paddleboating guide. Describes 17 boating runs covering 108 river miles.
Kern River Whitewater Boating Directory. (Display options - alphabetical 100. See sections 1 & 2.)

Whitewater River Trip Reports

• I'm happy to post or link to well-written, whitewater boating trip reports from guest authors, especially if boating pictures are included. Please contact me to submit your trip report.
Camp 3 wave California - Backcountry Secrets.

Whitewater River Recreation Links - Kern River.

Kern River Recreation Directory. (Display options - alphabetical 100. Section 1=whitewater, 2=rafting, 3=conservation, 4=fishing, 5=camping-hiking, 6=local-info)

More about:
River Surfing Guide - California & Nevada Locations for Whitewater Freestyle Kayak Playboating.
San Joaquin River Valley Region Whitewater Paddleboating Guides.
Whitewater River Kayaking, Rafting, Canoeing & Innertubing Guides for California.
How to use guides to white water river rafting and kayaking - BRT Insights.
California River Maps - Atlas & Gazetteer by Delorme, 2008.

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