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Old 01-18-2016   #11
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Originally Posted by WillCarson View Post
Southern California's Kern River is going to be a great place to be a guide this spring and summer. The last two years have been tough, but this year the snowpack is already looking good in the Southern Sierra and the word of El Nino is promising. Kern River Outfitters (Kern River Rafting | Southern California's Favorite Whitewater River) is a great place to start researching guiding opportunities. There will be a guide school / interview process in April that is necessary to attend if you want to work for them.

The river offers numerous sections with lots of different whitewater, from hour-long floats to three day stretches (the Forks of the Kern), Class III - V. The Forks is certainly one of, if not the best, commercially run multi-day Class IV/V trips in the west. The Kern is some of the closest rafting to LA, San Diego, and Vegas and is a huge draw, thus there is work and you can stay pretty busy. Shuttles are short, the whitewater is great.

Call Kern River Outfitters at 760-376-3370 and talk to Matt.
+1 for the kern, if there is water and you get in good with a company, you can make some good money. If there is a lower season and you can crank out some overnights, it will be will worth your time.

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Old 01-18-2016   #12
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The Taylor River in CO is not a very exciting river but meets all of your criteria especially the after hours boating, nearby camping and great people.

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