Camping on Lake Isabella

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Lake Isabella Developed Campgrounds

Welcome to Lake Isabella, one of the largest reservoirs in Southern California with over 11,000 surface acres. From fishing to boating, camping to picnicking, the lake offers one of the best fresh-water recreation experiences in close proximity to Los Angeles and Bakersfield year-round. Elevation ranges from 2,500 to 2,600 feet and fishing on the lake is open year round. All developed campgrounds and group camping areas operate under a concessionaire program with California Land Management (CLM). Please contact the Lake Office for further information.

Kern River Ranger District
Lake Isabella Visitor Center
4875 Ponderosa Drive
P.O. Box 3810
Lake Isabella, CA 93240
(760) 379-5646

Developed Campgrounds

Nestled around the Lake are 8 developed campgrounds offering more than 800 family units and 6 group areas. Reservations can be made for the developed fee campsites by calling National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) at 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777), at least 5 days prior to your arrival. A certain percentage of campsites also operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Group sites require reservations through NRRS.

Golden Age and Golden Access Passports are accepted at these U.S. Forest Service campgrounds, and entitle the card holder to a 50% discount on federal use fees. Group areas are excluded from this discount.


Lake Camp Directory

Auxiliary Dam Recreation Area Tillie Creek Campground & Group Area
Main Dam Campground Live Oak South Campground
Pioneer Point Campground Lake Map Live Oak Group Area
French Gulch Group Area Paradise Cove Campground
Hungry Gulch Campground Camp 9 Campground
Boulder Gulch Campground Stine Cove Recreation Area

AUXILIARY DAM RECREATION AREA
Located on the southern end of Lake Isabella off Highway 178. Dirt road; Open camping; No limit on trailer length; Restrooms-3 flush type, and chemical toilets; RV dump station $10 fee. Open year round. Supplies at the town of Lake Isabella. $10 fee per vehicle per day May through September or $50 for a annual pass. Southern Sierra Passes can be purchased at local Forest Service offices. MAP


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MAIN DAM CAMPGROUND
Located at the southern end of Lake Isabella off Highway 155. Paved road; 82 family units; Trailers up to 45'; Restrooms-1 flush type, no showers; Water; Fire rings, tables and grills; RV dump station - $7. Open May to Sept. Supplies at the town of Lake Isabella. $18.00 per night, $5.00 for each additional vehicle. Open for overflow on holiday weekends.MAP


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PIONEER POINT CAMPGROUND
Located off Highway 155 on west side of Lake Isabella. Paved road; 78 family units; Trailers up to 30'; Restrooms-4 flush type with metered showers; No water; Fire rings, tables and grills; Marina access; Playground; Fish cleaning station. Open year round. Supplies at the town of Lake Isabella. $20.00 per night, $5.00 for each additional vehicle. MAP


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FRENCH GULCH GROUP AREA
Located off Highway 155 on west side of Lake Isabella. Paved road; A group use area for 100 people maximum. Suitable for RV's; Restrooms-1 flush type with showers; No water; Large fire ring, tables and grills; Sheltered area; Open year round. Supplies at the town of Lake Isabella. $300.00 per night. MAP


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HUNGRY GULCH CAMPGROUND
Located off Highway 155 on west side of Lake Isabella. Paved road; 78 family units; Trailers up to 30'; Restrooms-3 flush type with metered showers; Water; Fire rings, tables and grills; Playground. Open Apr. to Sept. Supplies at Lake Isabella or Wofford Heights. $20.00 per night, $5.00 for each additional vehicle. MAP


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BOULDER GULCH CAMPGROUND
Located off Highway 155 on west side of Lake Isabella. Paved road; 78 family units; Trailers up to 45'; Restrooms-3 flush type with metered showers; Water; Fire rings, tables and grills; Playground; Fish cleaning station. Open Apr. to Sept. Supplies at Lake Isabella or Wofford Heights. $20.00 per night, $5.00 for each additional vehicle. MAP


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TILLIE CREEK CAMPGROUND AND GROUP AREAS
Located off Highway 155 south of Wofford Heights. Paved road; 159 family units, 4 for individuals with disabilities; Trailers up to 45'; Restrooms-7 flush type with metered showers, and chemical toilets; Water; Fire rings, tables and grills; Playground; Fish cleaning station; RV dumping station, $8; and Amphitheater. Open year round. Supplies at Wofford Heights. $20.00 per night, $5.00 for each additional vehicle. There are 4 group use areas, #1 is an accessible site. All contain water; tables, grills and shelters in areas. No limit on trailer length: MAP
#1-60 people maximum; $150.00 per night; Open Apr. to Sept.
#2-150 people maximum; $300.00 per night; Open year round.
#3-80 people maximum; $200.00 per night; Open Apr. to Sept.
#4-60 people maximum; $150.00 per night; Open Apr. to Sept.


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LIVE OAK NORTH CAMPGROUND
Located on west side of Highway 155 south of Wofford Heights. Paved road; 60 family units; Trailers up to 30'; Restrooms-2 flush type with metered showers; Water; Fire rings, tables and grills; Supplies at Wofford Heights. $20.00 per night, $5.00 for each additional vehicle.


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LIVE OAK SOUTH CAMPGROUND
Located on west side of Highway 155 south of Wofford Heights. Paved road; 90 family units; Trailers up to 30'; Restrooms-3 flush type with metered showers; Water; Fire rings, tables and grills; Open for overflow on holiday weekends. Supplies at Wofford Heights. $20.00 per night, $5.00 for each additional vehicle. MAP


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LIVE OAK GROUP AREA
100 people maximum; Trailers up to 30'; Restrooms-1 flush type with showers; Water; Fire rings, tables and grills; Open May to Sept. Supplies at Wofford Heights. $300.00 per night. MAP


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PARADISE COVE CAMPGROUND
Located on south shore of Lake Isabella off Highway 178. Paved road; 58 family units and 80 RV sites; No limit on Trailer length; Restrooms-2 flush type, 1 with metered showers, and chemical toilets; Water; Fire rings, tables and grills; RV dump station, $8; Fish cleaning station. Open year round. Supplies at Mtn. Mesa. $20.00 per night. Sites 59-138, $14.00 per night, $5.00 for each additional vehicle. MAP


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CAMP 9 CAMPGROUND
Now operated by Forest Service personnel and is first come, first served. Located on the east side of Lake Isabella off Sierra Way. Paved road; 109 family units; No limit on Trailer length; Restrooms-1 flush type, no showers; Chemical toilets; RV dump station $8.00; Fish cleaning station. Group area pads #1 & 2 at $160.00 per night, have shelters, tables, grills and water; #2 is an accessible site. Group sites are $90.00 per night. Open year round. Supplies at Kernville. Individual sites are $17.00 per night, $5.00 for each additional vehicle for overnight camping. $5.00 day use parking. Now operated by US Forest Svc. and is first come first serve.MAP


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STINE COVE RECREATION AREA
Located on the east side of Lake Isabella off Sierra Way. Open camping; Free use area; Chemical toilets. No limit on trailer length. Open year round. Supplies at Kernville. MAP


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