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7 years returning

Splendid operation - have returned for 7 summers. Safety-oriented, careful, friendly, fun... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Thomas M
Great kayaking trip with Nick!

I recently visited the Kern River area with my parents. I wanted to arrange a kayaking trip that... read more

Reviewed July 6, 2018
Shiva B
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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...more
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11300 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Splendid operation - have returned for 7 summers. Safety-oriented, careful, friendly, fun — consistently. This year we did a half-day Class 4 raft on the upper river, including a 25’ cliff jump for those desiring, and a breathtaking drip waterfall. Then a half-day Inflatable Kayak,...More

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

Thomas, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We all have enjoyed seeing you each year and helping to make your trips memorable for many years to come. See you next year!

Reviewed July 6, 2018

I recently visited the Kern River area with my parents. I wanted to arrange a kayaking trip that would be fun but also manageable, especially for them, since they had never done it before. Nick and Theresa took us to Lake Isabella, which was very...More

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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

Shiva, I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your class and felt confident in the skills you learned. I will be sure to pass along the review to Nick. He is a great asset to our company. Hope to see you again soon...More

Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

We done several rafting and IK trips with Sierra South and always had a good time and been pleased with everything about Sierea South. I wanted my son to continue to work on his Whitewater Kayaking skills so I signed him up for a 1/2...More

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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded June 29, 2018

Evan, Thank you so much for the favorable review. I will be sure to pass it along to Matt. Glad to hear that Nathan achieved his goal. Hope to see you both again soon.

Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

Our guide was Gaven! He was really funny and was a great raft guide!! We tip the boat and fell out and swam in the keen river so we can say we had a full experience! Excellent trip I enjoyed it!

Thank Mila M
Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2018

Mila, Thank you for the review. I will be sure to pass along your comments to Gavin. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed May 25, 2018

I was honored and amazed to get an instructor at the level of Johnny Chase. This guy is amazing and well known as an Expert in whitewater kayaking and yet he is still patient with newbies like me. If you go for private instruction you...More

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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2018

Thank you Doug. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your private class. Johnny Chase is a wonderful and patient instructor and overall a great person. I will pass along the review to Johnny and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed April 30, 2018

`We had a fantastic time white water rafting! John V was very thorough and informative!! CAN'T WAIT TO GO AGAIN!

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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2018

Faye, Thank you for your kind words. I will pass your compliments on to John. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

We had Gavin as our rafting guide. He is the best! So knowledgeable about rafting as well as great history of the area. So fun and safe at the same time. I want to come back with my family and friends. We will definitely request...More

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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2018

Debbie, Thank you so much for your kind review. I will be sure to pass it along to Gavin. Looking forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

We went rafting with our 12-13 year old Girl Scouts. Gavin, our guide, was incredible! We had so much fun rafting with him...he taught the girls on river safety and how to raft and made sure we were safe while also letting us do fun...More

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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review. We appreciate it. I will pass along your review to Gavin. I am so glad that your group enjoyed their trip.

Reviewed March 23, 2018 via mobile

Me and my friend nick traveled to kernville from Las Vegas to attend a 2 day course for white water kayaking. Our main guide (Johnathon) was very informative, patient, and experienced. The group of guides that helped out with the class were all very professional...More

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Sierra S, Public Relations Manager at Sierra South Mountain Sports, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2018

Thank you Ryan for your wonderful review. We are always happy to know that we exceeding your expectations. Hope to see you again soon. The season is shaping up to be a good one.

Reviewed September 14, 2017

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 September 18, 2017

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

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