Hollywood Hustle Kern River Rafting Trip 

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The Hollywood Hustle is SoCal's most affordable 3 mile Kern River rafting tour recommended for first timers.  Your professional SoCal rafting guide will provide you with your river gear, a trip overview and paddle talk. Then on to three miles of class II-III whitewater rapids navigating the likes of Big Daddy, Sidewinder, Freight Train, and Ewings. Our Hollywood Hustle and Los Angeles Blitz rafting trips are the Kern River's most popular (and affordable) family rafting trips. Wetsuits may be required in the spring and are available for rent at our store.

Our expert river guides will provide each guest with instruction in paddling, ferrying, navigating the rapids, and will accompany you on your trip down the river.


  • Ask our reservation specialist about Group Discounts of 12 or more!!!
  • Trip Includes: PFDs, helmets, paddles, river guide
  • Kids allowed (minimum age is 6 and 60 pounds)

SoCal Rafting's River Raft Fleet

SoCal Rafting has the largest selection of boats in the Kern. We pride ourselves in innovative rafts that allow for engaging experiences on the Kern River. We operate on varieties that include 6-man rafts, 4-man rafts, 2-man rafts (inflatable kayaks, duckies), and even our 12-man party boat!

During low river flows, we may choose to use “mini” versions of our rafts. At lowest river flows, our guide manager may opt to upgrade your trip to a full-day Guided Pasadena Paddle Tubing adventure ($135 value).

NOTE: Inflatable kayaks will be used ONLY when water levels are safe, otherwise our rafts will be used for the entire day (Guide Manager's decision).  During low river flows, we may choose to upgrade your trip, using all inflatable kayaks or a combination including paddle tubing.
*During peak water levels, time on the water may vary. 

SoCal Rafting - 11101 Kernville Rd, Kernville, CA 93238, USA


Where To Meet

SoCal Rafting store at 11101 Kernville Rd. - Kernville, CA 93238

Hollywood Hustle - Los Angeles Blitz - Bakersfield Boogie 

Our shuttle bus / van will take you to the rafting put-in where we will begin our journey!

At the end of our rafting trip, our shuttle bus will take you back to SoCal Rafting Store for return of rental gear.

When to Meet

Arrive at our shop the at the time of your tour! 


Public parking in the town of Kernville is free and unmetered. Please be respectful to all other guests and only use spaces in front of our store for loading and unloading with a maximum of 15 minutes. Alternate Parking is available at Frandy Park (right accross the bridge and an easy walk) for a fee.

11101 Kernville Rd.
Kernville, CA 93238

You will by dropped off back at our SoCal Rafting Store in Kernville. 

  • Shorts or bathing suits, neoprene or rash guard type tops
  • Tennis shoes or river sandals (NO Flipflop/crocs, nor barefeet)
  • Sunscreen (Apply before signing in at store)
  • Waterproof camera
  • Good Attitude!
  • LEAVE Valuables locked in your vehicle, and sunscreen (after applying)
  • Give keys to SoCal store Attendant.
  • Bring DRY clothes for the ride home.

What NOT to bring on river:

  • Long pants, towels, backpack, camel pack, cell phones, keys, wallets, purses, expensive watches, jewelry, etc..
  • Alcohol and smoking are not permitted.
  • No "casts" on any parts of body.
  • No expensive (NON- waterproof) cameras
  • !ATTENTION parents of fur-kids! We do not have accommodations for your pets. Please have a family member who is NOT rafting watch your furkids while you are on the water. 

A few of the many items we carry in the store:

  • Boardshorts and Swimsuits
  • Rash Guards
  • River Sandals and Shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof Cameras
  • Sunglasses
  • Floating Glasses Retainers (Chums)
  • Hats & visors
  • Rental Wetsuits & booties
  • Souvenir T-shirts & Hats

Important Notes:

  • We recommend that you leave personal items in your vehicle (SoCal Rafting accepts no responsibility for items lost).
  • For your safety, flip flop sandals or bare feet ARE NOT PERMITTED!
  • !ATTENTION parents of fur-kids! We do not have accommodations for your pets. Please have a family member who is NOT rafting watch your furkids while you are on the water.
  • Families and friends, if you are looking to be in the same boat together please make your reservation under ONE booking. We cannot guarantee that separate reservations will be able to ride in the same raft.

PFDs, helmets, paddles, river guide

Lunch is not included

Due to differing water flows, your time on the water may vary depending on what time of year and how much snow pack we received during the winter. Water times could vary anywhere between an hour to 30 minutes. Please arrive at our SoCal Shop in Kernville at the time of your tour. If you are scheduled for 9AM, arrive at 9AM. You are given an hour to get ready. If all of our guests are ready before 10AM departure, then we will leave early. Plan other activites accordingly. 

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more info, or simply give us a call! 

48 Hour Notice before your scheduled date of booked trip.
NO refunds after 48 hour notice deadline!