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Last Post 26 Mar 2019 11:36 AM by  Brian Haines
Kern river conditions
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PETE KOTTKE
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07 Mar 2019 02:42 AM
    Im interested in going to the k able claim on the kern river. I understand you have to cross the river to get to the claim. How can I find out river conditions for the kern river (below lake Isabella).
    Thanks
    William Hall
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    07 Mar 2019 07:11 PM
    Be very careful on the Kern River, many drownings over the years
    Ole timers no longer here spoke of many mishaps on the Kern

    Somewhere online you can find the water flow rates of rivers and from reservoirs
    Have no idea what Cfs flow looks like in real time
    With the rain the area has received in the last month, I would think rivers are high, swift and cold
    At least they are here in NorCal

    Bill
    So Much River So Little Time...Get Out There
    Julie Inmon
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    12 Mar 2019 05:28 PM
    I dropped by on Saturday this past weekend to see what the claim looks like - and I have no idea how to get down to it. The river is running at the bottom of a very steep embankment on the side of a twisty mountain road - though I could find some places to park, I couldn't find one near the claim that looked like it had any access to the river where I wouldn't slip and break something. I won't pretend I looked that thoroughly, as again - it's a twisty mountain road, tricky to drive back-and-forth along it.

    The far side of the river has a small level area/bank then it goes quite steeply up the hill/mountains on the other side. If the river rose quickly, you could have a bit of a desperate scramble up a steep hill to try and stay out of the water.

    I WOULD go if I could find decent access, but I'd be very cautious. I did have a Very Bad Time on the Kern once doing some recreational floating - the water CAN pull you under, and if you were to trap a foot under a rock in that scenario it would not be good. It was far less accessible than I thought when I looked on a map, though it's a gorgeous spot. The water's not flowing TOO high/fast right now but again, I'd be hesitant to bet on that if there are rains or snows further upstream. I can't say that I really understand this claim - I'd love to hear if/how others have accessed it.

    -Julie
    Brian Haines
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    26 Mar 2019 11:36 AM
    I was just there on the 17th. Water was high, swift and cold. I did find some fines but nothing to write home to mom about. If you decide to go I suggest you take some waders and a partner as the water is very fast and deep in some places. The area I was at was very hard to access so take your time and watch your footing. Good luck


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