Camp 9 Campground

Lake Isabella - Sequoia National Forest


Lake Isabella


Camp 9 Campground, Lake Isabella, CA

Camp 9 Campground

Lake Isabella
Attractions and Activities

Lake Isabella attracts visitors from far and wide to its broad, sparkling waters and to the recreation available in the area.


Key Campground Regulations

  1. Water is in short supply during California's drought.
  2. Fire permits: Campfire permits required for campfires, barbecues, and camp stoves.
  3. ATVs and OHVs: No ATVs or OHVs permitted anywhere around Lake Isabella with the exception of the Motocross track located nearby.

Camp 9 Campground

Camp 9 Campground is located in the Sequoia National Forest on the northeast shore of Lake Isabella. The campground is close to the town of Kernville. A boat launch ramp is nearby. Visitors to the campground enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, windsurfing, and waterskiing in Lake Isabella. The area around the lake can be very hot in the summer.

Camp 9 Campground has 109 campsites. Twenty-three of the sites are designated for RVs or trailers. The remainder of the campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Some campsites are along the shore, while most are set farther back with lake views. Shade is very limited, so campers should plan on bringing shade tents as needed. The campground also has 11 Group Campsites. Most of the family campsites and all of the group sites can be reserved; the remainder are open for first-come, first-served arrivals. Family campsite reservations are non-specific, which means specific sites will be assigned upon arrival.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Sierra Way on the northeast shore of Lake Isabella, 5½ miles south of Kernville
Elevation: 2,600 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Bakersfield - 58 miles
Number of Sites: 109
Open - Closed: Open year-round
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
Reservations available: for some campsites, other first-come, first-served
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 45 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $17 per night
Reservations: Camp 9 Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Camp 9 Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: Yes, $10 fee
Nearby attractions: Lake Isabella for fishing and boating, North Fork Marina with store and boat rentals; mountain biking, hiking, Lake Isabella Visitor Center, Trail of 100 Giants is an accessible walk through Long Meadow Grove of Giant Sequoias, towns of Kernville and Wofford Heights, South Fork Wildlife Area

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.

Camp 9 Group Campsites

Camp 9 Campground has 11 group, tents-only sites.

  • Group Sites 1 &s 2 - maximum of 35 people and 8 vehicles
  • Group Sites 3 - 5 - Prime sites, maximum of 35 people and 8 vehicles
  • Group Sites 6 - 11 - maximum of 20 people and 4 vehicles

Reservations can be made from 4 days up to 12 months before arrival date.
Fees: $50 - $160 per night
Reservations: Camp 9 Group Campsite Reservations

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