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Sierra South Mountain Sports

11300 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238
+1 800-457-2082
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Great kayaking trip with Nick!

I recently visited the Kern River area with my parents. I wanted to arrange a kayaking trip that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shiva B
Great Kayak Lesson with Matt

We done several rafting and IK trips with Sierra South and always had a good time and been pleased... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sierra South has been in business 30+ years and offers: The oldest, largest, and most experienced whitewater kayaking school in Southern California. As well as, guided whitewater raft trips on the Kern River through Kernville as well as on the Upper Kern's Class III-V sections north of town. We offer recreational kayak trips on Lake Isabella, rock climbing courses at local climbing areas, standup paddleboard (SUP) rentals & classes, and river tube rentals and shuttles at the end of the whitewater season. We also have a brick-and-mortar outfitters store stocked with gear, clothing, and gifts for paddling and mountain sports adventures. We are centrally located in the river town of Kernville, with a view of the Kern from our deck. Since 1995 an online River Store, where an actual person who knows paddling will handle your order and/or answer the customer service line. We support the Kern Valley River Council, the annual Kern River Festival, and Kern River Streambed and Park Restoration Project. This is an award-winning location for those scouting for film, television, and print media.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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11300 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently visited the Kern River area with my parents. I wanted to arrange a kayaking trip that would be fun but also manageable, especially for them, since they had never done it before. Nick and Theresa took us to Lake Isabella, which was very...More

Thank Shiva B
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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Shiva, I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your class and felt confident in the skills you learned. I will be sure to pass along the review to Nick. He is a great asset to our company. Hope to see you again soon...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We done several rafting and IK trips with Sierra South and always had a good time and been pleased with everything about Sierea South. I wanted my son to continue to work on his Whitewater Kayaking skills so I signed him up for a 1/2...More

Thank EvanDicker
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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Evan, Thank you so much for the favorable review. I will be sure to pass it along to Matt. Glad to hear that Nathan achieved his goal. Hope to see you both again soon.

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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Our guide was Gaven! He was really funny and was a great raft guide!! We tip the boat and fell out and swam in the keen river so we can say we had a full experience! Excellent trip I enjoyed it!

Thank Mila M
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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Mila, Thank you for the review. I will be sure to pass along your comments to Gavin. Hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 25 May 2018

I was honored and amazed to get an instructor at the level of Johnny Chase. This guy is amazing and well known as an Expert in whitewater kayaking and yet he is still patient with newbies like me. If you go for private instruction you...More

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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2018

Thank you Doug. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your private class. Johnny Chase is a wonderful and patient instructor and overall a great person. I will pass along the review to Johnny and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

`We had a fantastic time white water rafting! John V was very thorough and informative!! CAN'T WAIT TO GO AGAIN!

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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Faye, Thank you for your kind words. I will pass your compliments on to John. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

We had Gavin as our rafting guide. He is the best! So knowledgeable about rafting as well as great history of the area. So fun and safe at the same time. I want to come back with my family and friends. We will definitely request...More

Thank Debbie L
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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Debbie, Thank you so much for your kind review. I will be sure to pass it along to Gavin. Looking forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

We went rafting with our 12-13 year old Girl Scouts. Gavin, our guide, was incredible! We had so much fun rafting with him...he taught the girls on river safety and how to raft and made sure we were safe while also letting us do fun...More

Thank dmcp5
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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review. We appreciate it. I will pass along your review to Gavin. I am so glad that your group enjoyed their trip.

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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Me and my friend nick traveled to kernville from Las Vegas to attend a 2 day course for white water kayaking. Our main guide (Johnathon) was very informative, patient, and experienced. The group of guides that helped out with the class were all very professional...More

Thank Ryan B
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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

Thank you Ryan for your wonderful review. We are always happy to know that we exceeding your expectations. Hope to see you again soon. The season is shaping up to be a good one.

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

If your a shopper for quality products, you know very well that you will get what you pay for. Right? I recently went into this small store right off the Kern River in Kernville to see what they offered for Quality Water Shoes. A friendly...More

Thank Phillip S
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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Phillip, Thank you for your review of our store. We do offer a great selection of clothing, shoes and gear for camping, hiking, climbing, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. It was nice to hear that we met or exceeded your expectations. Keep checking back for more...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

Feeling a bit frisky, want to do something fun in the burning sun when hiking is low on your "want to do-list"? How about facing death... No seriously this was one of the best things we could ever do when the Fahrenheit reached 108 degrees...More

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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Froeken, Thank you for your vivid and very kind review. I really enjoyed reading about your experience. Rafting is one of those bucket list items that everyone should try at least once. We are very proud of our staff and do our best to make...More

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