The Kern River is one of California’s most pristine watersheds. Located in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, with its headwaters originating at Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the continental United States. The mighty Kern stretches 165 miles and is fed by an array of alpine lakes and tributaries which flow through Sequoia National Park, Inyo National Forest, Golden Trout Wilderness and Sequoia National Forest and out to the San Joaquin Valley.

In 1987, The Kern River was designated as “Wild & Scenic” by Congress under the National Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. The Kern River attracts over half a million visitors and outdoors enthusiasts every year for its world class whitewater rafting, fly fishing, giant sequoias and outstanding recreational opportunities. The Kern River is home to California’s 3 Native Heritage Trouts. The Kern River Rainbow, Little Kern Golden, and California’s official state fish, The Golden trout.


Mission statement

Our Mission at Kern River Conservancy is to implement our education initiatives focused on watershed conservation, responsible public land use, native trout preservation and community outreach. 

the goal

transform visitors and campers into stewards of our forests and wild rivers with the aspiration of exhibiting positive influence on eco-tourism and social impingements that effect the Kern River.

Kern River Conservancy is a registered California 501(c)3 non profit organization and IRS tax exempt charity.