Hungry Gulch Campground

Lake Isabella - Sequoia National Forest


Lake Isabella


Hungry Gulch Campground, Lake Isabella, CA

Hungry Gulch Campground

Lake Isabella
Attractions and Activities

The broad waters of Lake Isabella attract visitors from up and down the state. Boating, fishing, and camping are among the most popular activities. Campers at Hungry Gulch Campground are across the highway from the lake.

  • Sign up for white-water rafting with an establish rafting company on the Kern River.
  • Play a round of golf at the Kern Valley Golf Course.
  • Explore Silver City Ghost Town.
  • Take a tour of the Kern River Fish Hatchery.
  • Head out on Lake Isabella for waterskiing and wakeboarding.
  • Rent a boat from one of the lake's two marinas, or launch your own.
  • Fish Lake Isabella for rainbow and brown trout, bass, crappie, kokanee salmon, and catfish.
  • Stop by the Kern Valley Museum.

Key Hungry Gulch Campground Regulations

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


Hungry Gulch Campground

Hungry Gulch Campground is located in the Sequoia National Forest off Highway 155 on the west side of Lake Isabella. Boulder Gulch Campground is nearby on the opposite side of the highway closer to the lake. Visitors to Hungry Gulch have easy access to swimming, fishing, boating, and waterskiing in Lake Isabella. The campground is near the North Fork Marina. The campground is equipped with fish cleaning stations and a children's playground.

Hungry Gulch Campground has 78 campsites. All of the campsites can accommodate trailers, RVs, and tents. Many campsites have distant views of the lake. Reservations for campsites are non-specific, which means that campers will be assigned a campsite upon arrival. Early arrivals may get to choose their campsite. Some campsites are in shade while others are more open. Like it sister campground, Hungry Gulch Campground has its share of boulders. Campsites tend to be rather close together.

Hungry Gulch Campground Basics
Hungry Gulch Campground 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: 78
Open - Closed: April - 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 Hungry Gulch Campground
Reservations available: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 1 day up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $25 ($27 on holiday weekends)
Reservations: Hungry Gulch Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Hungry Gulch Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Nearby
Campground Map: Hungry Gulch Campground Map
Attractions near Hungry Gulch Campground: 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.

Hungry Gulch Campground, Lake Isabella, CA

Hungry Gulch 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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