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Sierra South Mountain Sports

11300 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238
+1 800-457-2082
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Quality Outdoor Supplies. Freindly Service

If your a shopper for quality products, you know very well that you will get what you pay for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Phillip S
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Kernville, California
Freezing fun in the burning sun! Scale 3 river trip

Feeling a bit frisky, want to do something fun in the burning sun when hiking is low on your "want... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
FroekenPetrell
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Bergen, Norway
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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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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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11300 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank FroekenPetrell
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 8 September 2017

Our scout troop has been there two years in a row, the last time in May, 2017. Both times Sierra South made our rafting experience great. They were organized, efficient and friendly and were great with the boys. We will be back next year!

Thank aldsjdsalfkj
Reviewed 22 August 2017

We had Gavin as our rafting guide. He was super helpful and fun. Frankly, I was scared to death to go rafting. However, I enjoyed myself! Recommend this company!

Thank Pam M
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Pam So glad to hear that you enjoyed your whitewater rafting experience. Thank you for your kind review and recommendation. I will be sure to pass on your comments to Gavin. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Sierra South offers a number of packages for whitewater rafting on the Kern, some of which cater to Boy Scouts. Our troop took advantage of their whitewater rafting merit badge offering, which worked out great. We've used this company in years past, but this was...More

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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Craig, Thank you for your kind review. We are very proud of our merit badge program. Sierra South’s co-owner, Tom Moore (an Eagle Scout) designed the Whitewater Merit Badge program more than 30 years ago. It is unique to the Kern River and has been...More

Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

I went on their short run to introduce my son to rafting and it was just myself, my son, and the guide and he guided us safely through the rapids. I have never had a bad experience with them in the 20 years that I...More

Thank Brian M
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Brian, We are so pleased that you chose to go with us, while introducing your son to whitewater rafting. We do our best to make sure that everyone has a safe and fun first experience. Water was fantastic this year and we are hoping it...More

Reviewed 27 July 2017

We took on full-day Thunder Run, and loved it. Guides McKinley and Evan were incredible. They knew their stuff, guided the raft perfectly and were a ton of fun. Lunch was great and the rafting even better. Highly recommended.

Thank saintisaac2
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Isaac, Thank you for your kind review. The Thunder-Run is our Class V Expert Run and we are not always able to run that section. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your trip. Hope to see you again soon. Let's hope for #ReturnoftheKern next year!!

Reviewed 21 July 2017

We signed up for the Half Day Kern River Class IV rapids, we in advance. Their online system is very well organized, it allowed me to send the link to release forms by email to everyone in my group, so we arrived all done and...More

Thank SimonaDSoCal
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Simon, Sounds like you had a fantastic trip! We do our best to make sure that everyone has a safe and fun experience. We appreciate your wonderful review. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 19 July 2017

We recently did the Lickety Blaster trip down the Kern River with Sierra South Mountain Sports. After checking in, you get your gear and then go on buses up the river where you get a well thought out safety briefing and then you're in the...More

Thank Amy B
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Amy, Thank you for your kind review. We do our best to ensure that our guests have a safe and exciting adventure. The water looks like it will still be good through August. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Thank you to our guide, Andrew, for showing us a great time! The river is flowing and we had a blast. Very professional and thorough. Nailed it!

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

Bubba, Thank you for your kind review. We do our best to ensure that our guests have a safe and enjoyable experience. We are hoping to have a great season next year. Hope to see you again soon.

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