2021 Kern River Camping: What’s open and closed right now

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 campgrounds 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. 

THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED ON 1/21/2021. No changes have been issued or reported since then, however, always check with the campground to confirm.

Please note that two Sequoia National Forest campgrounds are available to book online, however, I spoke with the Forest Service and they told me they are calling and cancelling people and are unable to update recreation.gov to reflect the closures. These two campsites are French Gulch and Camp Nine.

Upper KernStatusNotes
Mountain and RiverOPENPrivately owned
RivernookOPENPrivately owned
Kern River Sequoia RV ResortOPENPrivately owned
Frandy ParkOPENPrivately owned
Camp KernvilleOPENPrivately owned
Brush Creek CampgroundCLOSEDPublic Safety – COVID
Limestone CampgroundCLOSEDNot in season.
FairviewCLOSEDNot in season.
Calkin’s FlatCLOSEDPublic Safety – COVID
Chamise FlatCLOSEDPublic Safety – COVID
Ant CanyonCLOSEDPublic Safety – COVID
Gold LedgeCLOSEDNot in season.
Upper SpringhillCLOSEDPublic Safety – COVID
Lower SpringhillCLOSEDPublic Safety – COVID
Corral CreekCLOSEDPublic Safety – COVID
Hospital FlatCLOSEDNot in season.
Chico FlatCLOSEDPublic Safety – COVID
ThunderbirdCLOSEDNot in season.
Camp ThreeCLOSEDNot in season.
Halfway CampgroundCLOSEDNot in season.
HeadquartersCLOSEDNot in season.
Camps around Lake IsabellaStatusNotes
KOA Lake IsabellaOPENPrivately Owned
Tillie CreekCLOSEDNot in season.
Live OakCLOSEDNot in season.
Camp NineCLOSEDPublic Safety – COVID
Paradise CoveCLOSEDNot in season.
Hungry GulchCLOSEDNot in season.
French GulchCLOSEDPublic Safety – COVID
Pioneer PointCLOSEDNot in season.
Lower KernStatusNotes
KeysvilleCLOSEDPublic Safety – COVID
Black GulchCLOSEDPublic Safety – COVID
Sandy FlatCLOSEDNot in season.