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 Kern River 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. 

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THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED ON 2/2/2021 and now that CA has eased restrictions won’t be updated as frequently.

Email received from the USFS on 1/26: “In light of California ending the Regional Stay at Home Order, the Forest Service Regional Office lifted their campground closure Order. The Sequoia NF will be revoking the camping and day use restrictions tomorrow, and we will be opening up the campgrounds and removing signs in the coming days.”

Upper Kern Status Notes
Mountain and River OPEN Privately owned
Rivernook OPEN Privately owned
Kern River Sequoia RV Resort OPEN Privately owned
Frandy Park OPEN Privately owned
Camp Kernville OPEN Privately owned
Brush Creek Campground OPEN COVID closure lifted.
Limestone Campground CLOSED Not in season.
Fairview CLOSED Not in season.
Calkin’s Flat OPEN COVID closure lifted.
Chamise Flat OPEN COVID closure lifted.
Ant Canyon OPEN COVID closure lifted.
Gold Ledge CLOSED Not in season.
Upper Springhill OPEN COVID closure lifted.
Lower Springhill OPEN COVID closure lifted.
Corral Creek OPEN COVID closure lifted.
Hospital Flat CLOSED Not in season.
Chico Flat OPEN COVID closure lifted.
Thunderbird CLOSED Not in season.
Camp Three CLOSED Not in season.
Halfway Campground CLOSED Not in season.
Headquarters CLOSED Not in season.
Camps around Lake Isabella Status Notes
KOA Lake Isabella OPEN Privately Owned
Tillie Creek CLOSED Not in season.
Live Oak CLOSED Not in season.
Camp Nine OPEN COVID closure lifted.
Paradise Cove CLOSED Not in season.
Hungry Gulch CLOSED Not in season.
French Gulch OPEN COVID closure lifted.
Pioneer Point CLOSED Not in season.
Lower Kern Status Notes
Keysville CLOSED Public Safety – COVID
Black Gulch OPEN COVID closure lifted.
Sandy Flat CLOSED Not in season.