Bakersfield Boogie Kern River Rafting Trip (1/2 day rafting trip) 

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We’ve got your day planned out for you. You meet up at our shop at 9AM. Everyone gets geared up with safety equipment. Once on the bus, a river guide gives a brief safety speech. You can sense the excitement is getting real now. Riverside, we go over a paddle talk. Once on the water, the adventure begins! Believe us when we say, you’ll want to go more than just one time.

SoCal’s Bakersfield Boogie tour is two back-to-back trips down a 3 mile section on the Upper Kern River. You will experience five class II-III rapids, a perfect beginner to intermediate section on the river. After your time on the water, you will head up for lunch to relax and enjoy a well deserved meal.

You can plan to be done around 1PM, unless to spend more time at lunch.

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

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.

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

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, you will head back over to our outfitter store and return your gear.

Public parking in the town of Kernville is free and unmetered. SoCal's Store has limited parking available. Feel free to use them without blocking other customers!

Alternate Parking is available at Frandy Park (right across the bridge and an easy walk) for a fee.

11101 Kernville Rd.
Kernville, CA 93238

You will be 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.

The follow are not recommended, and some are not allowed.

  • 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

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 (life jackets), helmets, paddles, river guide, lunch

!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.

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!