About Democrat Takeout

Democrat features two ramps. One is about 100 yards upstream from the slightly larger takeout. Parking is available in the dirt lot, located uphill from the bus turn around area.

Prior to rafting, the hot springs just downstream of here made this a popular location. From socalregion.com: “Between 1905 and 1959, Democrat Springs was a resort that featured hot mineral springs and a hotel. Local ranchers and travelers stopped at the hotel for meals and to soak in the waters. The Democrat property has since changed hands many times and with the ‘high-speed’ road between the Kern River Valley and Bakersfield, the resort was passed by. ”

Today the hot springs is a private resort. More information can be found on their Facebook page located here. There is also a YouTube video showing an inside look of the property located here.