"Ups and downs are more than just in the river." Kernville by HarmoniousBotch

Kernville Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 92 photos

The town of Kernville is ideally situated on the Kern river, midway between some of the finest river rafting stretches in California, and about 3 hours from LA. This near-monopoly has led to indifference, incompetence, impunctuality, poor maintenance, and venal price-fixing that one expects to encounter only in some third world country that has just recently given up on Marxism and is trying to develop a modern economy by trial and error.
Without the motivation of serious competition, service varies greatly, dependent only on the character of the individual doing it. Some do very well, some do not.
Thanks to the sterling work ethic of some of the residents, and the fortuitous location of the rapids, Kernville can be a great place for a relaxing vacation. Just be prepared for many twists and turns - and a few bumps - even on dry land.

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“There will be a fuel surcharge for everything. Including breakfast.”

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