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Area Description

The Kern River Valley is still California's best kept secret, as it represents one of the finest areas for recreation, relaxation and abounding beauty. It is nestled in the majestic Southern Sierra Nevada mountain range, just hours from the hub-bub of city living, and is waiting for you to enjoy all it has to offer.

A trip to the Kern River Valley is likened to a step back in time with working cattle ranches, endless vistas of farmland, livestock grazing in the evening cool and quiet that can leave you breathless. The night sky lights up with more stars than one can imagine as you leave city life behind. Whatever it is you're looking for in a vacation, the Kern River Valley has it; if spending time on the water is your choice, put Isabella Lake and the Kern River right on top of your list. Our valley offers whitewater rafting, fishing, sailing, tubing, swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, watersking, or just viewing the large variety of wildlife species that call the valley and river home. The surrounding area offers much to the land-based visitor with bird watching, horseback riding, shopping, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain climbing, biking, gold panning, wildflower viewing, camping, and photographic possibilities.

The Kern River Valley most striking attributes are the clear blue skies and clean country air. When you come to visit, it’s like another world, and you will leave feeling refreshed and relaxed. The Kern River Valley is just three hours from Los Angeles, and one hour from Bakersfield and Ridgecrest. The two main ways to enter into the valley are, from the west, via Bakersfield on Highway 178, through the scenic Kern River Canyon, or from Highway 14 to Highway 178, and then over the historic Walker Pass, from the east.

Includes Cities/Towns: Bodfish, Kernville, Lake Isabella, Onyx, Weldon, Wofford Heights.

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We have 1 taxi, the Kern Regional Transit is our bus system, and we now have a rental car service by Hertz.

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Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  31.5  45.4  59.3  2.9 "  1.1 "
 Feb  34.3  48.4  62.5  2.7 "  1.0 "
 Mar  37.4  51.5  65.6  2.4 "  1.2 "
 Apr  41.7  56.8  71.9  0.6 "  0.3 "
 May  48.8  64.5  80.2  0.3 "  0.0 "
 Jun  56.2  73.0  89.8  0.1 "  0.0 "
 Jul  62.0  79.4  96.8  0.1 "  0.0 "
 Aug  61.3  78.8  96.3  0.2 "  0.0 "
 Sep  55.6  72.7  89.8  0.4 "  0.0 "
 Oct  45.9  62.8  79.7  0.5 "  0.0 "
 Nov  35.1  50.9  66.6  1.3 "  0.5 "
 Dec  30.5  45.3  60.0  1.8 "  1.0 "

Flooding is only if we had a bad fire season, they ask us to inform people of mudslides.

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Cost of Living for Kern River Valley, CA

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