Boulder Gulch Campground

Lake Isabella - Sequoia National Forest


Lake Isabella (April 2016)


Boulder Gulch  Campground, Lake Isabella, CA

Boulder Gulch Campground

Lake Isabella
Attractions and Activities

The waters of Lake Isabella attract visitors from far and wide. Most enjoy boating, fishing, and camping. Those who camp at Boulder Gulch Campground are close to all the main attractions around the lake.


Key Boulder Gulch Campground Regulations

  1. Campfire permits are required for campfires, barbecues, and camp stoves.
  2. ATVs or OHVs are not permitted anywhere around Lake Isabella with the exception of the Motocross track located nearby.
  3. Water may still be in short supply after California's drought.

Boulder Gulch Campground

Boulder Gulch Campground is located in the Sequoia National Forest off Highway 155 on the west side of Lake Isabella. Hungry Gulch Campground is nearby on the opposite side of the highway. Visitors to Boulder Gulch Campground enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, and waterskiing in Lake Isabella. The campground is only a short hop from the North Fork Marina. The campground is equipped with fish cleaning stations and a children's playground. Living up to its name, Boulder Gulch has many large rocks around it.

Boulder Gulch Campground has 58 campsites. All of the campsites can accommodate trailers, RVs, and tents. Reservations for campsites are non-specific, which means that campers will be assigned a campsite upon arrival. Early arrivals may get to choose their campsite. Some campsites are in shade while others are more open. The campground includes 16 double sites.

Boulder Gulch Campground Basics
Boulder Gulch Campground Location: Off Highway 155 on the west shore of Lake Isabella
Elevation: 2,650 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Bakersfield - 46 miles
Number of Sites: 58
Open - Closed: April - September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Information: (760) 376-1815
Kern River Ranger District: (760) 379-5646

Reservations at Boulder Gulch Campground
Reservations available: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 1 day up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 45 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $25 ($27 on holiday weekends)
Reservations: Boulder Gulch Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Boulder Gulch Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Nearby
Campground Map: Boulder Gulch Campground Map
Attractions near Boulder Gulch Campground: Head for Lake Isabella for fishing and boating. Stop in at the North Fork Marina with a store and boat rentals. Learn about the area at the Lake Isabella Visitor Center. Head up north to the Trail of 100 Giants. The trail is an accessible walk through Long Meadow Grove of Giant Sequoias, Visit the towns of Kernville and Wofford Heights. Head out for a day of mountain biking or hiking.

Boulder Gulch  Campground, Lake Isabella, CA

Boulder Gulch Campground

General Camping Information for
Sequoia National Forest

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood should be obtained locally.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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