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“Good Rafting Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of SoCal Rafting

SoCal Rafting
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Kernville
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
California City, California
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174 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Good Rafting Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Great from start to finish !

Called in to make reservations. Staff was friendly and helpful - not only with the rafting portion but in suggesting places to stay as well.

Check in and check out was easy. You pay one price that includes the tube (which has a netted bottom and a cup holder), PFD, oars and.... shuttle. You have to provide your own water shoes...they are mandatory.

You can do more than one trip down the 3 mile stretch if you wish - in fact you can do it as many times as you want for the same price (they load you up with a wrist band)

They were offering a free shuttle if you had your own stuff (and you have to wear water shoes) Just be sure to tip the driver - who was also very friendly.

The shuttle seems to run whenever there are people needing a ride. You start upstream and end up right back at the store where you started (Just a quick walk up the hill from the river)

The outfitter is in the River Toyz store. Lots of items (in case you forgot) at reasonable prices. Water, snacks, sunscreen., hats, souvenir t-shirts etc.

website: http://www.socalrafting.com/

Visited August 2013
5 Thank Off2SeeItAll
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Bakersfield, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fun and Helpful Tubing Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

This company is inside River Toyz, a cute shop for souvenirs and essentials (ie sunscreen, water bottles, under water cameras). The price was very reasonable for a tubing trip down the Kern River, and the shuttle to the starting location is included in the price. Ironically they were out of under water cameras but drove us up the road so we could hop out and purchase 2 of them. They take decent pics up close, just fyi. Do not try and take your phone. We did this trip even though the water level was pretty low. It was still fun. You might have to paddle more.
They held our keys too while we were tubing. It takes about 2 hrs to make the trip down the river back to the store.

Other details:
There are no bathrooms in the store but around the corner at the public park area. Parking is free on the street. They don't rent tandems (2 person tubes). There is netting in the bottom of the tube so you can bring water bottles or sunscreen on the trip down the river. We did a (grownup) girls trip, but ages 10 and up would be fine too. The water was low, had it been higher, younger ages might have some trouble maneuvering... we did, lol.

Visited July 2013
3 Thank mlaw1970
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