Pioneer Point Campground

Lake Isabella - Sequoia National Forest


Lake Isabella


Lake Isabella
Attractions and Activities

Lake Isabella is a favorite destination for windsurfers, anglers, and boaters. Campers at Pioneer Point Campground are close to French Gulch Marina.

  • Head down to French Gulch Marina to rent fishing boats, pontoon boats, WaveRunners, and kayaks.
  • 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 Pioneer Point 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.

Pioneer Point Campground

Pioneer Point Campground is located in the Sequoia National Forest off Highway 155 on the west side of Lake Isabella. The campground is across the highway from French Gulch Marina. Visitors to the campground have easy access to swimming, fishing, boating, windsurfing, and waterskiing in Lake Isabella. The town of Lake Isabella is only 2 miles to the south. Pioneer Point Campground is equipped with fish cleaning stations and a children's playground.

Pioneer Point Campground is described as a "high desert campground" with 78 campsites. The campground can be very hot in the summer. All of the campsites can accommodate trailers, RVs, and tents. Many campsites have 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.

Pioneer Point Campground Basics
Pioneer Point Campground Location: Off Highway 155 on the west shore of Lake Isabella
Elevation: 2,640 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Bakersfield - 44 miles
Number of Sites: 78
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 Pioneer Point 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 per night ($27 on holiday weekends)
Reservations: Pioneer Point Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Pioneer Point 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: Pioneer Point Campground Map
Attractions near Pioneer Point Campground: Rent boats at nearby French Gulch Marina. Try some hiking or mountain biking. Drop by the Lake Isabella Visitor Center. Take a day and drive 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.

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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