The Wild and Scenic Kern River 


The North Fork of the Kern River was in severe danger due to exorbitant,

uncontrolled visitor use in "Dispersed Camping Areas" on public lands.


There was too much impact from too many people concentrated along the river's edge that caused vegetation trampling and destruction, soil erosion, and enormous amounts of trash and human waste that was polluting the river and surrounding public lands.



























We cleaned it!

We are maintaining it!

 Our Story

Rex and Barbara Hinkey are the brother and sister team who founded Keepers of the Kern in October, 2013 after realizing complaining about a situation does not solve the problem. They made a plan, acted on it and it happened. Perfect timing, as there were so many who wanted changes; the communities, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, local businesses, visitors, and folks from all over the world who camp, fish and raft on this spectacular white-water river. Keepers is now six years old and going strong thanks to the volunteers and people who are following and supporting our mission.

    One Person Can Make A Difference

Together We Can Make It Right


The Kern River Valley's economy is driven by recreation and tourism and a clean and healthy Kern River and Lake Isabella is essential to supporting local businesses, jobs and families*. 






The Wild and Scenic Kern River is one of the finest rivers in California and it needs to be protected.


The purpose of Keepers of the Kern is to bring the Kern River to a condition that ensures public safety, environmental and human health.


During the past many years the Kern River's ecological balance has been damaged with abuse and over use by the public who recreate here. It is imperative the problems be addressed by the responsible land management agencies, the pollution stopped, management changes made, promotion of Leave No Trace education and enforcement of resource protection rules and regulations**.















The Keepers of the Kern actively cooperate with the Sequoia National Forest in updating and improving the Wild and Scenic Kern River Management Plan***.

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News - December 13, 2019

Jon and Celine Memorial Fund 

We are excited to announce the Jon & Celiine Memorial Fund has its first recipient. Gary Ananian, Kern River Conservancy is hosting a project on the River Trail in Kernville, he will use the funds for tools to complete the job. They will be doing repair, restoration and expansion of the existing trail. Gary is planning on having a large youth group to assist with this project. Not only will they be doing the work but, will be able to experience the need for working together for the environment, whether that environment is community or out in the wild. Jon & Celine were avid hikers and bikers, and this fits right in with their many plans and dreams.

News - September 14, 2019

Keepers of the Kern Announce

Jon and Celine Memorial Fund 

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