Virtual Guidebook to Kings Canyon, Sequoia and the Southern Sierra
Lower Kern River
Sequoia National Forest, Kern County California


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The Kern River in the canyon below Lake Isabella is conspicuously posted with warnings about the danger from sudden releases of water for hydroelectric generation. Between 1968 and 2015 a total of 271 people have drowned on this 25 mile stretch of river.

(March 15, 2009)


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Live Oak picnic area in the lower Kern River Canyon, with green grass and wildflowers. Summers here are dry and very hot.

(March 15, 2009)


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Parts of Highway 198 in the Kern River Canyon below Lake Isabella have been upgraded, but the old road remains as a scenic alternative.

(March 15, 2009)


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The Walker Pass Highway (CA 198) follows the south shore of Lake Isabella on the Kern River.

(March 16, 2009)


Next Locality: South Fork of the Kern River