Hospital Flat Campground

Kern River - Sequoia National Forest


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Hospital Flat Campground, Kern River, CA

Hospital Flat Campground

The Kern River and Lake Isabella
Attractions and Activities

Lake Isabella may attract visitors from far and wide, upstream of the lake the Kern River flows through a winding canyon. Visitors at Hospital Flat Campground are along the Kern River less than 7 miles from Kernville.

  • Sign up with an established rafting company for a white-water rafting trip on the Kern River.
  • Test your fishing skill in the Kern River.
  • At Lake Isabella have enjoy waterskiing and wakeboarding.
  • Visit either of the lake's two marinas to rent a boat, or launch your own.
  • At Lake Isabella fish for bass, rainbow and brown trout, crappie, kokanee salmon, and catfish.
  • Tour the Kern Valley Museum.
  • Get in a round of golf at the Kern Valley Golf Course.
  • Explore Silver City Ghost Town.
  • Visit the Kern River Fish Hatchery.

Key Hospital Flat Campground Regulations

  1. Campfires must be at least 25 feet from the water's edge.
  2. Dogs must be kept on leash in the campground and attended at all times.
  3. Water may still be in short supply after California's drought.
  4. No ATVs or OHVs are permitted anywhere around Lake Isabella or in Kern River campgrounds.

Hospital Flat Campground

Hospital Flat Campground is located along the Kern River in the Sequoia National Forest, 6½ miles upstream from Kernville. The campground is 10 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.

Hospital Flat Campground has 49 campsites around a single loop. Four of the campsites are walk-in, tent-only sites. The remainder can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Rocks and boulders are scattered about the campground. Some sites have shade, but many are exposed to the sun.

Hospital Flat Campground Basics
Hospital Flat Campground Location: Sierra Way/Mountain 99, 4 miles north of Kernville
Elevation: 3,000 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Bakersfield - 56 miles
Number of Sites: 49
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 at Hospital Flat Campground
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: 30 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $25 per night ($27 on holiday weekends)
Reservations: Hospital Flat Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Hospital Flat Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Campground Map: Hospital Flat Campground Map
Attractions near Hospital Flat Campground: Slip on your daypack and set out on 13-mile Whiskey Flat, 16-mile Flynn Canyon or 4-mile Tobies Trails. Enjoy the Kern River at Riverkern Beach Picnic Area. Drive down to Lake Isabella for fishing and boating. Visit the North Fork Marina with store and boat rentals. Try mountain biking or hiking. Stop by McNally's Fairview Lodge and Restaurant. Tour the Lake Isabella Visitor Center.

Hospital Flat Campground, Kern River, CA

Hospital Flat 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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