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 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.

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.

Campground Basics
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 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
Nearby attractions: Lake Isabella for fishing and boating, North Fork Marina with store and boat rentals; mountain biking, hiking, Lake Isabella Visitor Center, Trail of 100 Giants is an accessible walk through Long Meadow Grove of Giant Sequoias, 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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