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 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.
  3. ATVs and OHVs: No ATVs or OHVs permitted anywhere around Lake Isabella with the exception of the Motocross track located nearby.

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.

Campground Basics
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 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
Nearby attractions: Kern River, Hobo Fishing Trail, 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, 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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