Pasadena Paddle Tubing 

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Kernville is a perfect place for fun and safe Kern River Rafting in California. The North Fork of the Kern runs right through the middle of this quaint, western town making it one of the most easily accessible whitewater rafting rivers in the world. Kern River Rafting is made possible by Mt. Whitney’s snow melt.  The Kern River passes through the scenic Sequoia National Forest. The Kern is the only major river in the Sierra Nevada mountains that flows from North to South. It drains out just northeast of Bakersfield. If you’re looking for a new adventure in Southern California, check out Kern River Rafting with SoCal Rafting.

The Pasadena Paddle Tubingadventure is available during the later summer months depending on water levels.

Our professional Kern River guides will provide you with your river gear, a trip overview and instructions for navigating the river, steering and maneuvering a tube and double blade paddle. You will learn how to do tube spins, ferry the river, and splash your best buddies with a special double-sided tubing paddle from inside your own river tube. Your river guide will accompany your group through three miles of low level river rapids navigating the likes of Big Daddy, Sidewinder, Freight Train, and Ewings.

Once you have completed your guided tube adventure, keep your tube and river gear for the rest of the day. Enjoy the benefit of complimentary river shuttles all day!

  • Ask our reservation specialist about Group Discounts of 12 or more!!!
  • Kids allowed (child over 50 lbs.)

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.

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

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!

River Tube, Paddle, PFD (personal flotation device), Helmet, River Guide

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

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