Fairview Campground

Kern River - Sequoia National Forest

Kern River at Goldledge Campground

Fairview Campground, Kern River, CA

Fairview 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.

Fairview Campground

Fairview Campground is located along the North Fork of the Kern River in the Sequoia National Forest, 15 miles upstream from Kernville. The campground is 20 miles from Lake Isabella. Visitors to the campground enjoy fishing and hiking. Several popular trails lead out from the south end of the campground. Experienced kayakers and rafters take on the challenging rapids in the Kern River. Swimming in the river is dangerous because of strong currents. Nearby Lake Isabella has boating, waterskiing, windsurfing, and fishing. The Kern River canyon becomes quite hot in the summer.

Fairview Campground has 48 campsites in 3 loops near the river. Some sites have views of the river. Thirteen of the campsites are tent-only sites. One site can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. The other 34 campsites are designated for RVs or trailers. Rocks and boulders are scattered about the campground. Shade is limited.

Campground Basics
Location: Sierra Way/Mountain 99, 15 miles north of Kernville
Elevation: 3,500 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Bakersfield - 67 miles
Number of Sites: 48
Open - Closed: May - 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 available: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 3 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 45 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $25 per night ($27 on holiday weekends)
Reservations: Fairview Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Fairview Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Campground Map: Fairview Campground Map
Nearby attractions: McNally's Fairview Lodge and Restaurant,13-mile Whiskey Flat, 16-mile Flynn Canyon and 4-mile Tobies Trails, Kern River, Riverkern Beach Picnic Area, 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

Kern River at Fairview Campground, CA

Kern River at Fairview 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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