Sequoia National Forest has issued a number of different Kern river camping closures due to COVID (public safety) and seasonal availability. This list will be updated as Kern River camping come back online or as new closures go into effect. Keep in mind, that many, if not all, privately-owned campgrounds remain open and those are listed here. 

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THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED ON 9/16/2021

Upper KernStatusNotes
Mountain and RiverOPENPrivately owned
RivernookOPENPrivately owned
Kern River Sequoia RV ResortOPENPrivately owned
Frandy ParkOPENPrivately owned
Camp KernvilleOPENPrivately owned
Brush Creek CampgroundOPEN
Limestone CampgroundOPENCloses for the season on October 30, 2021
FairviewOPEN
Calkin’s FlatOPEN
Chamise FlatOPEN
Ant CanyonOPEN
Gold LedgeOPEN
Upper SpringhillOPEN
Lower SpringhillOPEN
Corral CreekOPEN
Hospital FlatOPEN
Chico FlatCLOSED
ThunderbirdOPEN
Camp ThreeOPENClosed for the season on November 27
Halfway CampgroundOPEN
HeadquartersOPEN
Camps around Lake IsabellaStatusNotes
KOA Lake IsabellaOPENPrivately Owned
Tillie CreekOPEN
Live OakCLOSED
Camp NineCLOSED
Paradise CoveCLOSED
Hungry GulchCLOSED
French Gulch
Pioneer Point
Lower KernStatusNotes
KeysvilleCLOSED
Black GulchCLOSED
Sandy FlatOPEN

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4 Comments

  1. Fransua Nava says:

    I’m trying to camp out there for the weekend of July 14 to the 18 do I need reservations

    1. Matt Volpert says:

      Hi Fransua, Good question. If you’re camping over the weekend then I highly recommend getting a reservation. There are a number of campgrounds that have first come first served sites, but considering how many 100s/1000s(?) of people that camp at the Kern each weekend, it is not advisable to rely on that option.

  2. Elyse Babinski says:

    What will the water level be like this mid Aug? What about tubing down the river would think safe w water being lower?

    1. Matt Volpert says:

      Hi Elyse, Good question. This year I expect water flows to be very low by mid-August. Too low for rafting and probably tubing too.

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