Kernville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the southern Sierra Nevadas, in Kern County, California, United States. Kernville is located 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Bakersfield, at an elevation of 2667 feet (813m). The population was 1,395 at the 2010 census, down from 1,736 at the 2000 census.
Points Of Interest
Kernville has a large tourist industry centered on the white water rapids of the Kern River. While white water rafting is the main attraction, one can also enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities. Fly fishing is also popular; in particular, the golden trout is highly sought after for catch and release fishing. Downtown Kernville has an Old West look and contains a number of restaurants, antique shops and motels. The Kern Valley Museum houses a collection of historical items and displays. The nearby Kern Valley Airport is a popular general aviation destination for pilots, with on-site services including Riverside camping and restaurant. The Needles granite formations about 25 miles toward the northern end of the valley are visible from some higher elevation locations.
The city is served by the Kern Valley Airport, three miles south of town. The airport features a fly-in campground on site. An airfield cafe serves both pilots and visitors.