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The Historic McNally Barn and Kernville Chamber of Commerce Need Your Help!

Kernville Chamber of Commerce has started planning the take-down of the McNally Barn located in Lake Isabella, to have its history preserved and relocated at the McNally Rodeo Arena in Kernville.

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Our town of Kernville, previously known as Whiskey Flat from the old days of the Wild West awaits you!  It began as a place for those seeking their fortunes in the Big Blue Gold Mine in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains on the Kern River in 1860. Alcohol was not allowed at the mine site, so an industrious fellow threw a plank across a couple of whiskey barrels down on the flat south of the mine and so named it Whiskey Flat. A few years later in 1864 the name was changed by the people of the growing town to the less wild and woolly name of Kernville (named after the artist Edward M. Kern who had accompanied Captain Joseph Walker in the expedition in 1843). Families were moving in and it was no longer fitting to have the name associated with "demon rum," as the ladies of the town called it.

Present day Kernville has flourished and attracts visitors looking for a wild west experience to families and adventure seekers fixed on whitewater rafting and kayaking to stand up paddling and tubing to mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, camping, antiquing and other recreational activities. Fishing is extremely popular and our native trouts are highly sought after by anglers of all ages. Kernville is also the gateway to the Trail of 100 Giants and many other Giant Sequoia groves  within the Giant Sequoia National Monument.



The COVID-19 epidemic has required drastic changes from all of us, and in this time it is difficult for those of us in the Kern River Valley to find the most accurate information for our valley. The pages linked here provide information for our businesses and residents.

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Email: info@gotokernville.com

Phone: (760) 376-2629

Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9 am - 4 pm


11447 Kernville Rd

 Kernville, CA 93238


P.O. Box 397

 Kernville, CA 93238

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