North Fork of the Kern River (Kernville)
|Difficulty:||Class II+ to III|
|Flows:||500 to ? Current Dreamflows gauge|
|Season:||Winter, Spring, early Summer from snow melt|
This river is a nice beginner run, equal to that of C to G on the South Fork of the American. There were a few nice rapids of class II+ nature in addition to a nice few play spots. Supposedly as the water comes up there are several superb play waves as well. If one feels like running Cables, this is a pleasant run to add onto it to make for a more full day. I only ran the run at 540 cfs, and the run was only II+, supposedly with a little more water Ewing’s becomes class III, and with even more water it begins to look like III+… perhaps this is true… but perhaps that is also a bit exaggerated.
- Big Daddy (II+). As the nice houses come into view, the river turn left sharply against
an artificially river shore, a few holes need to be run while staying away from the
- Ewing’s (II+). The river constricts between two boulders and creates a few holes
and waves. At low water you could run straight down the center.
Take out: Downtown Kernville, at the park.
Put in: Just before the Powerhouse as you drive out of Kernville, there is a dirt road that leads down to the water.
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