The Kern River located in Sequoia National Park, CA is approximately 165 miles (266 km) long. It drains into an area of the southern Sierra Nevada mountains northeast of Bakersfield. Fed by snowmelt near Mt Whitney the river passes through scenic canyons. It is a popular destination for whitewater rafting and kayaking. But the Kern is also well known for its danger and is sometimes referred to as "Killer Kern". A sign at the mouth of Kern Canyon warns visitors, "Danger. Stay Out. Stay Alive" and tallies the deaths since 1968; as of July 22, 2009 the count was up to 248.