French Gulch Group Campground

Lake Isabella - Sequoia National Forest


Lake Isabella (April, 2016)


French Gulch Group Campground, Lake Isabella, CA

French Gulch Group Campground

Lake Isabella
Attractions and Activities

Lake Isabella
Attractions and Activities

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

  • Enjoy a tour of the Kern River Fish Hatchery.
  • Get out on Lake Isabella's water for waterskiing and wakeboarding.
  • Rent a a variety of boats from either of the lake's two marinas, or launch your own.
  • Fish Lake Isabella for kokanee salmon, rainbow and brown trout, bass, crappie, and catfish.
  • Spend some time at the Kern Valley Museum.
  • Sign up with an established company for white-water rafting on the Kern River.
  • Tee off at the Kern Valley Golf Course.
  • Explore Silver City Ghost Town.

Key French Gulch Group Campground Regulations

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

French Gulch Group Campground

French Gulch Group Campground is located in the Sequoia National Forest off Highway 155 on the northwest shore of Lake Isabella. The campground is near French Gulch Marina. Visitors to the campground enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, windsurfing, and waterskiing in Lake Isabella.

French Gulch Group Campground has a single campsite for up to 100 people. The campsite has wheelchair accessible ramps connecting all the key points. A gazebo covering a group picnic area is included at the campground. All the campgrounds around Lake Isabella can be very hot in the summer. The group campsite can accommodate trailers, RVs, and tents.

French Gulch Group Campground Basics
Location: Off Highway 155 on the west shore of Lake Isabella
Elevation: 2,640 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Bakersfield - 46 miles
Number of Sites: 1
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 100
Vehicles per Site: 30
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Information: (760) 376-1815
Kern River Ranger District: (760) 379-5646

Reservations at French Gulch Group Campground
Reservations available: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 3 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 45 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $350 per night
Reservations: French Gulch Group Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

French Gulch Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, fire rings with grills; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, gazebo covered picnic area
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Nearby
Campground Map: French Gulch Group Campground Map
Attractions near French Gulch Group Campground: Stop by the Lake Isabella Visitor Center. Enjoy Lake Isabella for fishing and boating. Visit the North Fork Marina with store and boat rentals. Head out mountain biking or hiking. Stop by the Lake Isabella Visitor Center. Drive north to the Trail of 100 Giants with an accessible walk through Long Meadow Grove of Giant Sequoias. Visit the towns of Kernville and Wofford Heights. Head over to the 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.

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