Kennedy Meadows Campground

Inyo National Forest


Kennedy Meadows Campground


Kennedy Meadows Campground,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Kennedy Meadows 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.

Kennedy Meadows Campground

Kennedy Meadows Campground is located along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Inyo National Forest, 28 miles west of Highway 395. An alternate access is from the west via Sherman Pass Road. (The campground should not be confused with Kennedy Meadows on Sonora Pass.) Kennedy Meadows Campground is popular with Pacific Crest Trail hikers who often stop here to resupply and rest before launching northward into the High Sierra. Visitors to the campground enjoy fishing in the nearby South Fork of the Kern River.

Kennedy Meadows Campground has 38 campsites. Three sites can accommodate large RVs, others can accommodate RVs up to 30 feet. Tents are welcome at all the campsites. The campground is open year-round, but weather can affect access. Water is not available during the winter.

Campground Basics
Location: Kennedy Meadows/Ninemile Canyond Rd., off Highway 395, 48 miles south of Lone Pine
Elevation: 6,100 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Bakersfield - 137 miles
Los Angeles - 189 miles
Number of Sites: 38
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by: Inyo National Forest
Inyo National Forest (Bishop): (760) 873-2400

Reservations
No Reservations : first come, first served
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: none designated
Fees: $17
Check-in, check-out: any time, check-out Noon

Kennedy Meadows Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water (seasonal)
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: South Fork Kern River, Pacific Crest Trail, OHV routes, Kennedy Meadows General Store, Grumpy Bear's Retreat (restaurant & tavern, 4 miles from 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.

Pacific Crest Trail at Kennedy Meadows Campground,  Inyo National Forest, CA

Pacific Crest Trail

map of Kennedy Meadows Campground area, CA

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