Happy Holidays!

Enjoy your holidays with friends and family, and the best gear and apparel around! Keep the holiday adventure spirit alive this holiday season. Take a hike in the cool crisp air or grab a fishing pole and take out your kayak. We hope you find everything you need to get outside and start your adventure. We will continually be adding more products. If you don’t see what you want, please give us a call. Our customer service line is well-manned by paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts, who are there to answer any questions you may have. Our brick-and-mortar outfitter’s store is centrally located, 3 hours from LA, in the river town of Kernville, Ca. With a view of the Kern River from our deck, you can shop everything that we have listed online and so much more!


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Gifts for All!

Sierra South is a one stop shop for everyone on your list. Help your loved ones enjoy the great the outdoors with quality gear and apparel. Everything from paddle gear to hiking necessities to casual everyday apparel, we have it here. On a budget? Here is a great list of quality gifts for under $30! 


Gifts Under $30

Best Prices on Paddle Gear

Prepare yourself with some of the best gear out there, without breaking the bank! Great deals for a limited time on select whitewater paddle gear. 

Shred Ready

Shred Ready helmets are now 40% off! With a simple padding system this one size fits all helmet is a must have in whitewater. For rafting, kayaking, and inflatable kayaking, Shred Ready is proven to protect the noggin.

Snap Dragon

Limited time only Snap Dragon sprayskirts are 25% off! This is our skirt of choice for beginners and intermediate paddlers. The Trek series slips on like butter and the Whitewater EXP series has reinforced edges for an extra strong hold.


The long time must have layer for paddlers is the Mysterioso fleece is now 30% off! Sadly these go-to pieces won’t be around much longer with the recent discontinuation of the Mysterioso brand. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever!

Hibernation is for the bears!

Fall kicks off hiking season with beautiful cool weather and warm fall colors. However what if you could continue exploring the great outdoors even when the snow starts to fall? Check out brands like Patagonia, Smartwool, Pistil, Keen, Teva, and Ahnu to keep you out on the trails all year round.

Fall Apparel

Patagonia, Smartwool, Pistil, and more to keep you warm and cozy through the colder months. And coming soon to our site Children’s apparel as well to get the whole family outside. Shout out to the Patagonia Nano Puff, a fall/winter essential.

Boat Barn

Now is the time to get the best deals on kayaks! We are moving through our inventory quickly, so don’t wait. Get out on the water this fall as well with some warm paddling gear. Kokatat, Immersion Research, Mysterioso, NRS, and more.


Hiking, running, and river play; we have footwear for it all! Teva, Ahnu, Keen, Chaco, Hoka One One, and Astral. With brands like these, you will find quality and functional footwear. And now keep your toes warm and toasty with Smartwool socks!

Our Local Pros

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Johnny Chase

Professional Extreme Kayaker

Your favorite kayaker’s favorite kayaker! Johnny Chase grew up in Kernville, California. In 2005, he hopped in a kayak during a multi-day rafting trip and came away thinking kayaking would never be for him. Five years later, at age fourteen, Evan Moore took Johnny to Salida, Colorado, for the Fibark whitewater festival. After watching and meeting so many amazing people in the whitewater community, he decided to give kayaking another go. Evan and Spencer Josif took Johnny under their wing and taught him everything else they thought he needed to know, which wasn’t much; paddle hard down the center and boof everything. In a few months, Johnny was running easy class V, and by his second year he was running some of the classic class V runs in southern California. After nine years of kayaking he has completed many of his dreams as a kayaker. The biggest of those dreams being: running Metlako falls, competing in the North Fork Championship, and Royal Flushing on the North Fork of the American. All tasks he once thought to be impossible are now some of his favorite memories. The Jackson Nirvana is Johnny’s boat of choice and has taken care of him through the biggest water most people only dream of running. The Nirvana is not only great for the professionals, but is a great option for beginners.

Evan Moore

Professional Extreme Kayaker

Born and raised on the Kern River; Evan doesn’t know life without rivers and kayaking. At 5 years-old, he was already a talented boater. Now at 23 years-old, he is known as one of the top paddlers in the world and running rivers only the best kayakers on the planet dream of. He recently completed the Royal Flush on the North Fork of the American River in California, which has only been done by a handful of talented kayakers. What is his boat of choice? The Waka Kayaks OG, a great kayak for running huge holes, winning races, and styling 100 ft. waterfalls. Tested and proven to be a game changing boat by some of the top kayakers in the world. Want to be like Evan? Check out the OG for yourself!

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Sierra South Mountain Sports... The Premier Outfitter.

Sierra South will celebrate its 35th year in 2019, as the premier outdoor adventure outfitter in Southern and Central California. Join us for world-class whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Wild & Scenic Kern River; lake kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding on Isabella Lake, and rock climbing in Sequoia National Forest.  We operate the oldest, largest, and most experienced whitewater kayaking school in Southern California.

We live and love what we do.  We would love to share it with you. It’s good for your soul!

Proud supporters of the Kern Valley River Council, the annual Kern River Festival, Keepers of the Kern, and Kern River Streambed and Park Restoration Project.



11300 Kernville Rd.

Kernville, Ca 93238


Kern River Daily Flows* At Kernville // Below Lake Isabella

*according to Dreamflows

Go to sierrasouth.com to explore our kayaking classes and rafting trips.


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Sunday 10 am - 4 pm


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