Paradise Cove Campground

Lake Isabella - Sequoia National Forest


Lake Isabella


Paradise Cove Campground, Kern River, CA

Paradise Cove Campground

Lake Isabella
Attractions and Activities

Lake Isabella is a popular destination for waterskiers, boaters, windsurfers,and anglers. Campers at Paradise Cove Campground have the whole lake spread out before them.

  • Head over to French Gulch Marina to rent fishing boats, pontoon boats, WaveRunners, and kayaks.
  • Try white-water rafting with an establish rafting company on the Kern River.
  • Enjoy an informative 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.
  • Play a round of golf at the Kern Valley Golf Course.
  • Explore Silver City Ghost Town.

Key Pioneer Point Campground Regulations

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

Paradise Cove Campground

Paradise Cove Campground is in the Sequoia National Forest off Highway 178 on the south shore of Lake Isabella. The campground is close to the town of Lake Isabella. French Gulch Marina is a short drive away on the southwest side of the lake. Visitors to the campground enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, windsurfing, and waterskiing in Lake Isabella.

Paradise Cove Campground has 50 developed campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents. Another section of the campground, arranged parking lot style, can accommodate up to 80 self-contained RVs or trailers. Some campsites are in shade while others, including all the RV-only sites, have no shade. Paradise Cove Campground can be very hot in the summer. Most campsites have views of the lake. Reservations for the 50 developed campsites are available.

Paradise Cove Campground Basics
Paradise Cove Campground Location: Off Highway 178 on the south shore of Lake Isabella
Elevation: 2,650 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Bakersfield - 46 miles
Number of Sites: 50 developed campsites
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
Campground Information: (760) 376-1815
Kern River Ranger District: (760) 379-5646

Reservations at Paradise Cove Campground
Reservations available: for developed campsites 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: 45 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated, but some facilities are accessible
Fees: $25 ($27 on holiday weekends)
RV-only sites - $20
Reservations: Paradise Cove Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Paradise Cove Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Nearby
Campground Map: Paradise Cove Campground Map
Attractiions near Paradise Cove Campground: Rent boats at nearby French Gulch Marina. Try some hiking or mountain biking. Spend time at the Lake Isabella Visitor Center. Take a day trip up to the Trail of 100 Giants, an accessible walk through Long Meadow Grove of Giant Sequoias. Explore the towns of Kernville and Wofford Heights.

Paradise Cove Campground, Kern River, CA

Paradise Cove Campground Area for Self-contained RVs

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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