Live Oak Campground

Lake Isabella - Sequoia National Forest


Lake Isabella


Live Oak  Campground, Lake Isabella, CA

Live Oak Campground

Lake Isabella
Attractions and Activities

Lake Isabella draws visitors from up and down the state. Boating, windsurfing, fishing, and camping are among the most popular activities. Visitors to Live Oak Campground find both a north and south section as well as a group campsite.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Key Live Oak 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 when in the campground and attended at all times.
  4. Water may still be in short supply after California's drought.

Live Oak Campground

Live Oak Campground is in the Sequoia National Forest off Highway 155 on the northwest shore of Lake Isabella. The campground is close to the town of Wofford Heights and Tillie Creek Campground. North Fork Marina is nearby. Visitors to the campground enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, windsurfing, and waterskiing in Lake Isabella.

Live Oak Campground includes both North and South sections and a group campsite. The North section is used as an overflow site and usually only opens on holiday weekends. The South section has 90 campsites, most of which are first come, first served. Thirty tent-only sites can be reserved.

Live Oak Campground can be very hot in the summer. True to its name, Live Oak Campground is set among groves of oak trees which offer some shade.

Live Oak also has Group Campsite.

Live Oak Campground Basics
Live Oak Campground Location: Off Highway 155 on the west shore of Lake Isabella
Elevation: 2,700 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Bakersfield - 48 miles
Number of Sites: 90
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 Live Oak Campground
Reservations available: Reservations for tent sites and group site only; others first-come, first-served
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 4 days 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: Live Oak South Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Live Oak 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: Live Oak Campground Map
Attractions near Live Oak Campground: Head down to Lake Isabella for fishing and boating. Stop at the North Fork Marina for boat rentals. Head out mountain biking or hiking. Take some time at the Lake Isabella Visitor Center. Drive north to the Trail of 100 Giants, an accessible walk through Long Meadow Grove of Giant Sequoias. Explore the towns of Kernville and Wofford Heights.

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.

Live Oak Group Campsite

Live Oak Group Campsite can accommodate up to 100 (or perhaps 150) people and 25 (or perhaps 30) vehicles. [The reservation website lists both numbers.] The campsite is within the South section of Live Oak Campground.
Fees: $350 per night
Reservations: Live Oak Group Campsite Reservations

Live Oak  Campground, Lake Isabella, CA

Live Oak Campground

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