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Great campground. Very clean and the staff was helpful. General store has everything you may need if you forget something at home. We booked last minute so we were unable to get a riverfront spot however our campsite was still nice and have a river view. Would definitely recommend booking early and getting on the river.
We loved Selby Campground! There are not many camping spaces and they are pretty close together but still great spots! There are picnic tables and fire pits on each one. There is one porta potty like bathroom with two toilets. We didn’t use the running water but saw other people doing it! There is no service at all so be aware of that. There is little exploring to do around the campsite but you can drive to see other spots. Overall we had a great time and it was a nice short camping place to stop at.
Say hello to the cows for me! They gave me a warming welcome which set the tone for this ideal overnight spot. I visited in February which was most likely the reason why I had the area to myself. I appreciated the rough feel of the lake and how close the road was. There is a restroom and a dump bin at the entrance which locked this spot in for convenience. I didn't have any trouble coming in and out and I loved waking up with open space and the sounds of the lake shore. One big word of caution! Winter winds here almost blew the tent over with my pup and myself inside. Although occasional gusts may seem obvious for location and time of year I would have lost that tent had I not been inside. Coming back soon to launch into Kernville from here.
This place is right off of Hwy 178 and you can camp right next to the water's edge but there is 24/7 dam construction with bright lights and loud machinery at all hours so be aware that it is not very peaceful at this time. Not really sure how long construction will be going on or what exactly they are doing but it looked like a fairly large project.
This recreation site accepts multiple passes including Southern Sierra Daily or Annual passes available for purchase there at the kiosk or any of the Interagency Passes (annual, senior, access, volunteer or military). A daily pass is $10 otherwise no extra fee if you have any of the other passes.
There are multiple criss crossing roads to choose from (see Google Earth view). The roads are sand and dirt in varying degrees of depth with some of the roads having deep ruts from runoff. We discovered nails in the morning near where we parked which we did not see when we arrived near dark, otherwise no other trash laying around.
The area is wide open with zero privacy or shade, but you can be so close to the water and the surrounding views of the mountains are awesome. There are dumpsters scattered about but no recycling. The bathrooms were closed due to Covid but there were porta potties. Potable water spigots can be found near the bathrooms. There is also a new RV dump station on Old Isabella Road Recreation site just up the road to the east that has a self pay that gives you a code to unlock the dump cover. $10 to dump. The water spigot there had a sign "non potable water".
Fires and stove fires are allowed with a fire permit only which can be obtained online at preventwildfireca.org or at the local ranger station. The town of Lake Isabella nearby has gas stations and stores for supplies. We saw only one boat and a bunch of kayak fishermen, as well as people fishing from the shoreline. Not sure if this is a stocked lake or how busy it gets in the summer with boaters.
Good cell service with AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile
Overall a good place to stay, and we would have stayed longer than the one night we stayed if it were not for the construction noise. Would stay again if going through this area.
We loved this campground. The 3 nights we stayed here were really relaxing and peaceful. Almost all other campers were quiet and respectful and friendly. We won't talk about the noisy family with 4 rambunctious kids that busted in one evening, screamed and yelled for about 12 hours, straight, then just as dramatically busted out at 630am (!) the next morning. Other than them, all the campers, as well as the many people who stopped here to use the restroom or to park their car while they went hiking or bike riding were so chill and peaceful. Our 26ft motorhome was by far the biggest beast there. Other than a few small trailers, the other campers were all in camper vans, truck campers, or tents.
There is zero cell reception at the campground, but if you hike up the hill behind the campground you can get decent verizon and ATT (we didn't take our T-Mobile hotspot so we don't know for sure if there's T-Mobile reception there).
The Selby rocks are closed this time of year through July due to migratory bird nesting, but there's plenty of other hiking and exploring in the area, including some petroglyphs on the big rocks near the barn down the road.
It gets pretty windy at night.
There are 2 unisex vault toilets.
3 potable water spigots for water to be used while at the campground (as opposed to filling your RV tank)
A large metal structure which I assume is 3 horse corrals.
No trash service, please pack out what you bring in so this campground stays free and open.
Each site has a picnic table, fire pit, and a shade structure.
There is one "bonus" dispersed-type spot with a rock fire ring behind the campground, just go up the little hill and it's on the left.
The road coming in was doable, just some gravelly washboarding.
Highly recommend this campground! Apparently this time of year is the busy season due to amazing blooms, but this year was a dry winter so we didn't see many flowers.
This campground was clean, well maintained, and convenient location if you want to explore the Kern River up into the mountains. The campground runs along the river with some really fun little access spots if you’re lucky enough to get a river side site. The whole park is nice too, with a walking/biking trail to the reservoir, hiking trails nearby, and playground for kids.