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Rules, Regulations & Requirements
When staying in the developed campgrounds on Lake Isabella and the upper
Kern river, a California Land Management (CLM) employee will come around to
your site and collect fees. At Horse Meadow campground, thirty minutes after
selecting your campsite, fill out a fee envelope located at the fee station,
enclose payment and detach and display ticket stub on numbered site post.
Camping Etiquette and Rules:
- Day-use areas are closed from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.
- Please observe quite hours from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. Your noise may
- When staying in the developed campgrounds around the the lake and
upper river, deposit all trash in dumpsters that are located within the
campground. Trash receptacles are also located in various dispersed camping
areas. Horse Meadow campers use dumpsters in the upper Kern Canyon. In areas
that do not provide these services, such as the plateau campgrounds, we ask
that you PACK OUT WHAT YOU PACK IN.Leaving trash in firepits or on the
beach spoils the natural beauty of the area for the next forest visitor.
- Pets are welcome as long as they are under control. When in developed
campgrounds, dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. No
dogs on designated beaches.
- Campfires may not be left unattended. They must be "dead out" before
leaving your campsite. To extinguish your fire, use a bucket of water to drown
out the fire and stir until cool to the touch. Do not bury the campfire with
dirt. Smoke only in cleared areas and use the ashtray in your car. Campfire
permits are required in dispersed camping areas.
- When staying in developed campgrounds on the lake and upper river,
park your vehicle within the designated spur (paved area) adjacent to your
camping site. Each campsite is allocated one spur for parking. Visitor parking
is available in overflow areas outside most campgrounds.
- Camping in the National Forest is limited to a total of 14 days in a
30 day period, also, in non-fee areas limited to 28 days per calendar year. A
six (6) persons or members of immediate family limit applies in developed
- Discharging a firearm, or any implement capable of taking human life
or causing injury, in a campground, across a road, a body of water or 150 yards
from any recreation area or occupied area, is prohibited.
- Any type of fireworks are illegal in the National Forest.
- Please, no cleaning of fish or washing of dishes, clothes or hair at
water fountains or in the river, lake or streams. Besides attracting insects,
clogged drains may result. Detergents can also contaminate bodies of water that
can kill fish and other wildlife.
- The vegetation and trees need all the help they can get. Don't chop
or pound nails into the only source of shade available.
- Bottles, cans and other trash belong in the garbage cans provided,
not in the chemical toilets. Chemical toilets are provided in most dispersed
camping areas for your convenience. We ask that you please use them. In areas
that do not provide these services, PACK IN/PACK OUT.
- Campgrounds in the area are available on either a first come/first
served basis or by advance reservations. To make reservations call:
- Campground Hosts and Forest Officers are available for further
information or assistance.
- Lake Isabella Visitor Center
- 4875 Ponderosa Drive
- Lake Isabella, CA 93240
- (760) 379-5646
- Kern River Ranger District
- 105 Whitney Road
- Kernville, CA 93238
- (760) 376-3781
- Blackrock Information Service
- Sherman Pass Road 22S05, at the 4-way intersection.
- (559) 539-2607 ext. 276
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