With California experiencing the word drought in 1200 years, Kern River rafting outfitters have thrown in the towel.
Three rafting outfitters, River’s End Rafting, Kern River Tours and Kern River Outfitters didn’t open this season, according to Canoe and Kayak Magazine.
“The drought has reduced projected Kern River flows to a level that is inadequate to run the top-quality rafting trips our guests expect,” said Matt Volpert, general manager of the outfitter.
The Kern River Festival, normally one of the biggest whitewater paddling festivals in the country, held every April for the past half century, was also cancelled.
The National Weather Service in February predicted above average rain for the spring, but it hasn’t been enough for rafter and kayakers.
If your looking for whitewater, it’s probably best to head to Oregon or Idaho this year.