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Sierra South Mountain Sports

Kernville, CA, USA
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About Sierra South Mountain Sports
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 Upper and Lower Kern River. 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. This is an award-winning location for those scouting for film, television, and print media.
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Herb A wrote a review Jun 7
silver lake ca6 contributions2 helpful votes
Sierra South really has great people, and runs a quality operation. Our guide, Stewart, was great. Had interesting info about rafting and was a very friendly, outgoing guide. Fun trip...a few funs rapids along the way and a gorgeous part of California. We had two kids with us: one 10 and one 11, and it was fine for them too. Great trip!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Mark wrote a review Sep 2020
Eastvale, California1 contribution
I had a fantastic time learning to kayak with Sierra South. Steve and Jolee (sorry if I misspelled it 😁) were great guide/instructors. They were very friendly, helpful, and patient. I look forward to hitting the river with them again. (I just hope that next time I won't hit the river as hard or as often. 🤣) 🌊
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Jennifer P wrote a review Aug 2020
Long Beach, California12 contributions1 helpful vote
We had an amazing rafting trip with Steve yesterday. It was a first time experience for my family of four and Steve made it an unforgettable experience. From my first phone conversation with Hannah until the very end of our trip, the entire team at Sierra South was professional and fun! Thank you!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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adroy1996 wrote a review Aug 2020
Cambridge, Massachusetts161 contributions51 helpful votes
My family of 4 with 2 teenage daughters did the full day Class 4 trip. We had so much fun! Even in August, the class 4s flowing. This was our second time white water rafting having done a trip in Yellowstone a couple years ago. Our expectations were high due to having such a fabulous experience the first time. Those expectations were met and exceeded with Sierra South. We went out with us and one other group that we stuck together with. The guides were fantastic. The banter between them was so entertaining. We had some fun and enjoyed the ride, but safety always came first. They were great about wearing masks and making sure we all did as well. But, also on the river, they were very safety conscious. It was clear there was always a few back up plans if things did go according to the first plan on a rapid. Mother Nature likes to throw curve balls some times and the guides were there to handle them. We fell in love with the area and look forward to going back and visiting Sierra South again.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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nic0lewk wrote a review Aug 2020
Los Angeles, California5 contributions3 helpful votes
Per the 12 year old - best day all summer! Great COVID summer day trip! Josh, our guide, was so experienced and made sure everyone was safe. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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