The Kern River in Bakersfield, California, a very beautiful and picturesque place, but the river is not deep or wide, but it is a mean stretch of water….257 people have lost their lives since 1968 in the mighty Kern River. Merle Haggard sings about it in his famous song…entitled, “Kern River”….Certain areas are safe for guided rafting Tours and fishing. Every year people travel from all over California and the United States to Kern County and want to visit this famous yet dangerous piece of water.
Tourists from Europe and Japan are also big on the list of tourism in Kern County, they make a stop at the Buck Owens Crystal Palace to visit the museum and eat at the steakhouse the late, great Buck Owens left behind for fans to visit. And many of these fans will spend a few days in Bakersfield and visit spots like the beautiful Kern River. The will also drive into the Kern River Valley and stop in Kernville and Lake Isabella. When and if you decide to try out the Kern, make sure you do it on a guided tour, there are some great guides and companies available to assist you. Enjoy your stay in Kern County, and make it a safe one!