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“Could have been fun if the river was higher!!”
Review of SoCal Rafting

SoCal Rafting
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Kernville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Santa Clarita, California
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Could have been fun if the river was higher!!”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

Sorry to break the 5 star review record, but I did NOT have a fun time. The river was way too low to tube without a paddle( ever heard of the expression " up the river with no paddle", that was us). We arrived around 10am, got our gear( no offer of a paddle) and took the shuttle. They told us it would take 2hrs to float down the river. We forgot water( totally our fault), but did remember sunscreen/chapstick. We went in a shuttle bus with another couple, a couple who paid for the guided tour. Since we didn't pay for that, the guide made no effort to give us any information.

There were so many places on the river where we became stuck on rocks. We could not get out. We'd have to get out of the tube and try to move it on slippery rocks. At one point( before Big Daddy), we got out and tried to walk around it because we were stuck. I ended up falling on the rocks. Not fun.

It took us closer to 4hrs to get back and when we did get back to return our stuff, there was no way in Hell I was going on another trip. We would have never made it back before they closed. Thus, an all day shuttle turned out to be a 1 trip shuttle. I should have been offered a refund for the difference. That would have been great customer service. When the river is that low, they should be suggesting that people pay the extra 5.00 for the paddle. These people know the River, we don't.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Calicakes
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Los Angeles
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“Adventure People LOVES SoCal Rafting”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

Just came back from a group trip at the Kern River where we took inflatable kayaks down the river and ended with the Zorb Ball Experience. Everyone had such an amazing time and I have John to thank for that. He was so great to work with through the entire planning process and such a wonderful guide. We all had an incredible weekend that we won't forget.

Visited May 2014
4 Thank srpokluda
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“Great fun!”
Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

Came to go paddle tubing with our 4 teen-tween girls over Labor Day weekend. Water was low which meant a low-key float. Guide Doug was great at getting us around the rocks and showing us the best routes. Loved the guided tour with the option to go on our own for the rest of the day. Equipment was in good shape generally and staff is terrific.

Visited September 2013
4 Thank Robyn C
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California City, California
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“Good Rafting Experience”
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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“Fun and Helpful Tubing Trip”
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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