Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is there a minimum or maximum age requirement?
    • Our minimum is age requirement is 6 years old and sixty pounds. The maximum is however lively you are!
  • Do I need to know how to swim?
    • PFDs (Personal Floatation Device) are supplied for all river trips. These assist you in the river if you happen to fall out of the boat.
  • What do the different classes of rapids mean?
    • Rapids range from class 1 to 6, 1 being bathwater and 6 being Niagara Falls. The rapids that we run are class 2 and 3.
  • What’s the best time time of year to go rafting?
    • Rafting season is March through the end July. At the end of July SoCal begins tubing season and runs their commercial guided paddle tubing trips.
  • When should I make a reservation? How?
    • Reservations are always recommended; the sooner you book the better. Priority is given over walk-ins for bookings made in advance and we are also better prepared for you when you arrive.
    • You can make a reservation online, or by calling at (888) 537-6748.
  • How are we getting to the river?
    • A shuttle will take you two miles up the road for your three and a half river mile trip. Once you have finished your rafting trip, the shuttle will pick you up and drive you back to SoCal Rafting’s outfitter shop. During tubing season, your trip will finish underneath the bridge in Kernville, which is only a short walk away from the shop.
  • Are there nearby places to camp/hotels?
    • There are many places to camp in the Kern River Valley. Check out these sites for more information about camping fees, places, and directions for campsites around Lake Isabella and Kernville. Check TripAdvisor for any local hotels that suit where you would like to stay.
  • What should I wear?
    • We require everyone to wear shoes that have a back on them, such as sneakers or water shoes. Flip flops are NOT allowed. Be prepared to get wet, so wear clothes that you don’t mind being splashed in. We recommend not to bring valuables like phones, watches, etc.
  • Should I tip my guide?
    • If you enjoyed your trip, leave a tip!
  • What does CFS mean?
    • CFS stands for Cubic Feet per Second. Imagine a basketball sized volume of water that is passing a line that reaches from one side of the river to the other; each basketball is a cubic feet of water so if the water level is at 180 CFS, 180 basketball size volumes of water are traveling per second passed that line.
  • What is the water temperature like?
    • The Kern River is made possible by the run off from the snow melt on Mount Whitney, which makes the water cool during the spring months and perfect for a hot summer day.
  • Do I need a wetsuit?
    • At the beginning of rafting season, a wetsuit may be recommended. We have wetsuit rentals for anyone who desires one.
  • Photography?
    • Occasionally SoCal provides photography. Our photos are free of charge and we supply them through our Facebook page.

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