Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Kern River Campground

Kern River Campground features 50 sites right along the Kern River, each with their own picnic table and fire ring. There is also potable water spigots and bathrooms at the campground.

Other nearby attractions are Lake Ming, California Living Museum, and Hart Park.

Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Kern River Campground is located in California
35.435 N
-118.8764 W
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General Location: The Lake Ming Road exit off the Alfred Harrell Highway leads down to the lake. There is a sign at the West Beach which marks the half mile road to the campground overlooking the Kern River. This retreat is only 10 miles from Bakersfield.
8 Reviews of Kern River Campground
Quiet as kept. Nice scene. Good camp host.

I stopped here on my way back to Utah and I'm glad I stopped here on the way back.  If I take this route again going to Cali (where I usually go) I will stop here.  The campground is right off the highway and even though you can see cars going by, the traffic is light and the campground is far enough where it doesn't bother you at all.  Each site has a bush (in varying sizes) that provides some privacy, but the space between the spots is a plus as well.  I like it here; hopefully you will as well.

Nice spot

Overall nice campgrounds. Was almost empty. You can hear jet boat noise from the adjacent lake from time to time. No WiFi but good Verizon LTE (25-30 Mbps) and decent AT&T 4G (10-15Mbps). They don’t take cash and the on-site reservation computer was not working so we had to book it online.

Beautiful campground easy to get to from So. Cal.

Camped here August 16-18 2019. Arrived to 107 degrees but the ample trees and cool river made it enjoyable. We were there on a weekend and it was sold out. We stayed at sites 21&23, river front so that made it fantastic.

Other reviewers had warned of the bathrooms being awful and the camp host being mean. They were right about the bathrooms and so wrong about the host! He was super pleasant and friendly! The bathrooms are terrible though.

I would go back again but since I like to explore new campsites probably won’t.


Great stop for rafting. There are bathrooms, fire rings, picnic tables, and a sense of peacefulness. We were only there for a night and slept in the car.

Love this campground, clean and spacious.

We spent a few days at the Kern River Campground and really enjoyed the spacious campsites, the river and Ming Lake. Great bike trails, and walking trails, this is great for a nice slow and easy day. I am adding a video to better show you the site, now we did go camping in early April and we had a very good winter. Dry camping only, No Hookups, there is water and a dump station on site.


camping riverside

rv camped. but could’ve tent camped in our spot, closer to the water. sites are HUGE! rv hookups lots of trees. water has enough pools to chill in. short walk upstream, gives you option for rafting back down to your camp. very enjoyable couple of days. oh! and super close , for a run into Sequoia for the day ( we did that!) we also reserved our spots, so our whole caravan of rvs would be together!

SO-SO campgrounds but GREAT river activities

I come here once a year and there are always campsites available. The campsites are VERY close together, so hopefully, you don't mind making friends with your neighbors. This campsite, in particular, is nice because it's super convenient to local restaurants, shops, and even a brew pub -- it's walking distance. I also love the camp host who is super friendly and welcoming. The campgrounds is also walking distance from the river. You can see the river from some of the campsites as well. We always come here for river rafting which is so much fun. There are lots of rafting tour companies right along the river walking distance from the campgrounds. The campgrounds are pretty baren. No campfire, no grills, no picnic tables. You can gather rocks to make your own fire pit, but it does take some effort to find rocks and carry them back to your site…BUT IT'S WORTH IT. 

We love coming here for the river activities and the convenience, but the worst part of this camp is the horrible restrooms and showers. They are currently under construction so I'm looking forward to seeing it when it's complete.

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If you have to go through Bakersfield

If you must go through Bakersfield and rest your head somewhere for the night, this is your best bet! Large campsites, very friendly host and no oil fields in sight 😂

Showers are kept fairly clean, and a creek runs right through :)