Tillie Creek Campground

Lake Isabella - Sequoia National Forest


Lake Isabella


Tillie Creek Campground, Lake Isabella, CA

Tillie Creek Campground

Lake Isabella
Attractions and Activities

Lake Isabella
Attractions and Activities

The waters of Lake Isabella attract many visitors every year . Most enjoy windsurfing, boating, fishing, and camping. Those who camp at Tillie Creek Campground are not far from the North Fork Marina.

  • Take a tour of the Kern River Fish Hatchery.
  • Head out on Lake Isabella for 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 Tillie Creek Campground Regulations

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

Tillie Creek Campground

Tillie Creek Campground is located 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 Live Oak Campground. North Fork Marina is nearby. Visitors to the campground enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, windsurfing, and waterskiing in Lake Isabella. Tillie Creek Campground is equipped with fish cleaning stations and a rather spartan children's playground.

Tillie Creek Campground has 159 campsites. The campground can be very hot in the summer. All of the campsites can accommodate trailers, RVs, and tents. Some 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.

Tillie Creek also has Group Campsites.

Tillie Creek Campground Basics
Tillie Creek Campground Location: Off Highway 155 on the west shore of Lake Isabella
Elevation: 2,640 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Bakersfield - 48 miles
Number of Sites: 159
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 Tillie Creek 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: 45 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: Accessible sites available
Fees: $25 ($27 on holiday weekends)
Reservations: Tillie Creek Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Tillie Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Campground Map: Tillie Creek Campground Map
Attractions near Tillie Creek Campground: Head for Lake Isabella for fishing and boating. Stop in at the North Fork Marina with a store and boat rentals. Learn about the area at the Lake Isabella Visitor Center. Head up north to the Trail of 100 Giants. The trail is an accessible walk through Long Meadow Grove of Giant Sequoias, Visit the towns of Kernville and Wofford Heights. Head out for a day of mountain biking or hiking.

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.

Tillie Creek Campground, Lake Isabella, CA

Tillie Creek Group Camp

Tille Creek Campground Group Campsites

Tillie Creek Campground has 4 groups sites. Group sites have porta potties. Flush toilets and showers are not at the group campground but campers can go to the main campground to use the facilities. Reservations can be made from 1 day up to 12 months before arrival date.

  • Group Site #1 is a wheelchair accessible site for up to 60 people and 30 vehicles.
  • Group Site #2 accommodates up to 150 people and 50 vehicles.
  • Group Site #3 accommodates up to 80 people and 30 vehicles.
  • Group Site #4 accommodates up to 60 people and 30 vehicles.

Fees: $210 - $525 per night
Reservations: Tillie Creek Group Campsite Reservations

Tillie Creek Campground playground, Lake Isabella, CA

Tillie Creek Playground

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