Sandy Flat Campground

Kern River - Sequoia National Forest


Kern River at Goldledge Campground


Sandy Flat Campground, Kern River, CA

Sandy Flat Campground

Lake Isabella
Attractions and Activities

Lake Isabella attract visitors who enjoy boating, fishing, and camping. Those who camp at Sandy Flat Campground are along the lower Kern River, about 7 miles from Lake Isabella.

  • Enjoy a tour of the Kern River Fish Hatchery.
  • Drive up to Lake Isabella for fishing, windsurfing, 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 on the Kern River.
  • Enjoy a round of golf at the Kern Valley Golf Course.
  • Explore Silver City Ghost Town.

Key Sandy Flat Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  2. Campfires must be at least 25 feet from the water's edge.
  3. ATVs or OHVs are not permitted anywhere around Lake Isabella with the exception of the Motocross track located nearby.
  4. Water may still be in short supply after California's drought.

Sandy Flat Campground

Sandy Flat Campground sits along the Kern River in the Sequoia National Forest. The campground is 6½ miles downstream from the Lake Isabella dam. Visitors to the campground enjoy wading (when water levels are safe), fishing, and whitewater rafting in the Kern River. Nearby Lake Isabella has boating, waterskiing, windsurfing, and fishing. The Kern River canyon can be quite hot in the summer.

Sandy Flat Campground has 35 campsites. Among them are 6 walk-in, tent sites. The rest can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Campsites are arranged in a single loop in mainly open sites. Those by the river appear to be the nicest. Some boulders are scattered throughout the campground. River access is best from the day use area.

Sandy Flat Campground Basics
Sandy Flat Campground Location: On Kern Canyon Way, south of Borel Powerhouse and Borel Rd. off Highway 178
Elevation: 2,300 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Bakersfield - 35 miles
Number of Sites: 35
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 Sandy Flat Campground
Reservations available: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 3 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 24 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $23 per night ($25 on holiday weekends)
Reservations: Sandy Flat Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Sandy Flat Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Sandy Flat Campground: Enjoy the Kern River. Try out the nearby Hobo Fishing Trail. Drive up to Lake Isabella for fishing and boating. Visit the North Fork Marina with store and boat rentals. Try some mountain biking or hiking. Stop in at the Lake Isabella Visitor Center. Drive north to the Trail of 100 Giants, an accessible walk through Long Meadow Grove of Giant Sequoias. Stroll through the towns of Kernville and Wofford Heights. Visit the South Fork Wildlife Area.

Sandy Flat Campground, Kern River, CA

Sandy Flat 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.

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