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Kernville is a high desert lake resort community, located in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains near Bakersfield. This friendly mountain town is known for its recreational activities along the Kern River, Lake Isabella, Sequoia National Forest and Sierra Mountains. There is fishing, boating, swimming, white water rafting and kayaking in the lake and along the wild and wonderful Kern River. Land lovers can enjoy hiking, biking, golf, camping and horseback riding. Kernville's small downtown area has a western flair, with a beautiful shady park in the center of town. You can visit the Kern Museum, wildlife preserve, and fish hatchery and browse the town's antique and specialty shops. For the more adventurous, explore the off-road vehicle trails and nearby Silver City ghost town. Kernville holds several special events during the year, including California's largest fishing derby, rodeos and arts and crafts festivals. The most well known event is the famous Kernville Whiskey Flat Days, when the town returns to the Wild West for four straight days! There are several different types of lodging choices in town, and several resorts in Kernville are open year round.

Surrounding areas: Wofford Heights, California (3.1 mi), Mountain Ranch, California (36.9 mi)

Kernville Vacation Rentals

Kernville Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Kernville Inn11042 Kernville RdKernville, CA (760) 376-3733
The Whispering Pines Lodge13745 Sierra WayKernville, CA (760) 376-3733
Western MotelKernville, CA (760) 376-3222

Kernville Weather & Climate

The high desert/foothills region located northeast of Bakersfield is part of the Sequoia National Forest. Elevations range from 1,000 feet around the foothills to peaks over 12,000 feet in the rugged backcountry. Therefore, temperature varies by elevation and conditions can change quickly and drastically depending on where you are. Generally, the foothills are characterized by hot, dry summers and wet, cool winters. Most precipitation occurs November through March in the form of rain in the lower elevations and snow in the higher elevations. Some higher mountains roads close for a while due to snow, others may be icy. During the winter, low-hanging clouds often drift in from the west, hanging around for several days at a time. Rain in the summer is rare, and wildfire is almost always a threat.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 59°F 31°F 2.67 in. -
February 62°F 34°F 2.41 in. -
March 65°F 37°F 1.80 in. -
April 71°F 41°F 0.48 in. -
May 80°F 48°F 0.23 in. -
June 89°F 56°F 0.03 in. -
July 96°F 62°F 0.06 in. -
August 96°F 61°F 0.09 in. -
September 89°F 55°F 0.30 in. -
October 79°F 45°F 0.28 in. -
November 66°F 35°F 0.82 in. -
December 60°F 30°F 1.55 in. -

Kernville Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Inyokern airport (IYK) located about 34 miles east of Kernville in Inyokern, California, Meadows Field (BFL) located approximately 41 miles southwest of Kernville in Bakersfield, California, the Mojave airport (MHV) located roughly 49 miles south of Kernville in Mojave, California, and finally the General Wm J Fox Airfield (WJF) located around 70 miles south of Kernville in Lancaster, California.

Kernville Attractions

Water Parks
Six Flags Hurricane HarborValenciaCA90.5 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborSanta ClaritaCA93.8 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA102.0 mi.
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA103.0 mi.
Raging WatersSan DimasCA118.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Kern Valley Golf CourseKernvilleCA 
Ski Areas
Ski SunriseWrightwoodCA105.7 mi.
State Parks
Kern River State ParkCA33.9 mi. 
Kern County MuseumBakersfieldCA42.0 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA102.0 mi.
Santa Barbara Zoological GardensSanta BarbaraCA116.3 mi.
Los Angeles ZooLos AngelesCA117.5 mi.

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