Snowcapped peaks up high and rushing water below. The pull off has plenty of parking but I was surprised to find people set up next to their cars, granted there was only one other camping party there. So many openings and sites next to the water, only rule is that fires and tents have to be 25ft from the water. No big deal, plenty of room. Two well kept porta potty’s and a dumpster are located in the parking lot and are not a far walk from any of the sites. Hang your trash in a tree or walk it to the dumpster before you go to bed, had to figure that the hard way. Lots of curious birds and squirrels watching you during the day. In the evening/late day that area of the river is LOADED with beavers. Watching them swim around and nibble on branches is memorizing, amazing creatures. At night time you get another variety of animals. We made friends with a couple of skunks. This area has the traditional and familiar stripped skunk and one that is newer to me, the spotted skunk. They’re so cute, more like ferrets. We named him Farley because “HE LIVES UNDER A ROCK…DOWN BY THE RIVER!”. At night, amazing view of the stars! No light pollution granted I went on a new moon. On your way in or out don’t forget to stop in the quaint town of Kernsville. If you need ANYTHING, you can get it at the Kern General Store. You could literally go there with nothing and buy any camping equipment at the General Store.
Lastly, do yourself a favor and stop in the Kern Brewery for some suds and food. I personally got the tri-tip sandwich and a flight of their finest beer. Delicious!!98
Overall, fantastic spot. Will definitely become one of my regular haunts! -Chuck
P.S. Don’t forget, always leave the area better than you found it!
tip: Park your car and before you unload, explore down the hill by the Kern River to find a great spot!
Plenty of spots and group sites. It was really pretty but there were quite a few bugs. They went away after dark though
First off this place is a bit hard to find, but there is a sign on the right and if you miss that sign then you probably won’t find this spot. Overall I recommend going super early because there is always neighbors around and the best spot is next to the big rocks which is a bit secluded from the other campgrounds. There is plenty of shade there unlike the other spots. I like camping here because you can just walk down to the river which is always enjoyable. We always catch great fish here trout, catfish, bass.
-Open year round.
-Reservations: First come first served. Free of charge.
-Permit Info: Campfire Permits required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves.
Best Season: Summer Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Camping is permitted 25 feet away from waters edge.
Water: No Restroom: Portable Toilets
No garbage service so pack all your trash out.
I provided a photo of a camper who left all there trash there. If you see that make sure to take pics of their license plates.