Water in the Kern River is extremely high this year due to record snowmelt and runoff in the high sierra. The Lower Kern River is running at over 4,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) below Lake Isabella, well over four times its rate during this time for the last several years.
These conditions have created a potentially hazardous situation for both the public and BLM staff. In Keysville, high water levels and slippery rocks/ treacherous footing along the river’s edge mean that we all need to exercise extra caution, especially this year.
Summer is an exciting time to recreate on your public lands and a busy time for our staff in their efforts to help the public recreate safely and responsibly. Let’s not forget to safe out there! Video by Amy Girado, BLM. 5/25/2017 see video at: https://www.facebook.com/blmcalifornia/videos/1551853288172673/