Headquarters Campground is located along the Kern River in the Sequoia National Forest, 4 miles upstream from Kernville. The campground is 7 miles from Lake Isabella. Visitors to the campground enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting in the Kern River. Swimming in the river is very dangerous because of strong currents. Nearby Lake Isabella has boating, waterskiing, windsurfing, and fishing. The Kern River canyon can be quite hot in the summer.
Headquarters Campground has 44 campsites. Some campsites overlook the Wild and Scenic Kern River and are in the shade of cottonwood, oak, and juniper trees. Campsites located farther from the river have little or no shade. A dozen of the campsites are designated for tents only. Another 21 campsites are designated for RVs or trailers only. Two campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. The campground also has a Yurt available.
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.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.