About Granite Launch
Also referred to as “The Rails,” Granite is a popular put in on the Lower Kern. It’s right off highway 178 and can get you on the water quickly. Parking immediately at the put-in is limited, but there is a huge lot across the street. As always, lock your vehicle and hide your valuables. At higher flows, the bottom deck (where the ramp concludes) is covered in water. At these flows, it’s probably a better idea to launch from Slippery Rock which is just upstream. That way you can load your rafts much easier as that is a shore based put-in.
This put in is managed by BLM but was built by the Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW). The construction cost was $145,000.
Flows are ~400 CFS at this flow. Photo by Kern River Outfitters.