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ALERT: Due to the current drought situation in California, water levels at Lake Isabella, and adjacent to Camp 9, are low this year. Please be aware that the boat launch ramp is also unavailable due to this situation.


part ofSequoia National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: CAMP 9
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Camp 9, a year-round facility, rests on the shores of Lake Isabella, a high desert reservoir. Its proximity to the lake and the Upper Kern River makes the facility popular among boaters, rafters and anglers. The camp is also a favorite among RV campers, with ample parking available to accommodate both trailers and motorized watercraft.

Natural Features:

The campground sits on the north shore of Lake Isabella, an 11,000-acre reservoir, at an elevation of 2,600 feet and is a short drive to the Upper Kern River.

In the spring and early summer, a breeze can come up in the afternoons, but the mornings are quiet and calm. Fall and winter are perhaps the most beautiful time of year at Camp 9, with temperatures ranging from the 60s in the day to low 40s at night.

Sequoia National Forest, located at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada in central California, is named for the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree, which grows in more than 30 groves on the forest's lower slopes. The forest encompasses about 1.1 million acres. Elevations range from about 1,000 to 12,000 feet, creating precipitous canyons and mountain streams with spectacular waterfalls, such as Salmon Creek Falls and Grizzly Falls.


Anglers enjoy fishing on both Lake Isabella and the Upper Kern River. Boating, kayaking and swimming are also popular activities. A seasonal boat ramp and dock are available within the day use area in the campground.


Camp 9 offers over 100 single campsites, some of which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, 11 group sites are also available, eight of which can be reserved. Some sites are on the lakeshore, while others are set further back but have views of the lake. Cottonwood trees are found in the campground, but shade is limited; plan on bringing protection.

The group sites offer two picnic tables each, campfire rings, portable toilets, drinking water and paved parking. Group Sites 1 and 2 have shade shelters and trees. Group Sites 8-11 also have shade trees. Sites 1-5 each have a locked gate for security.

Nearby Attractions:

The Upper Kern River is a short drive away, with additional fishing opportunities. Rafters and kayakers also enjoy the river.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Campfire Circles
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Camping
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Portable Toilets
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • ATV Rentals
  • All Terrain Vehicle
  • Bait Shop
  • Bank
  • Beach Access
  • Bike Rentals
  • Cafe
  • Firewood
  • Fish Hatchery
  • General Store
  • Golf
  • Grocery Store
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Off Road Vehicle Trails
  • Restaurant
  • River Access
  • River Trips
Know Before You Go
  • Single campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • $5 fee will be charged for extra vehicles beginning with the third vehicle
  • No hookups available
  • Shade is limited
  • Dump station fee is $10 per use; no free dumping allowed
  • Click here to learn more about Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.69833, -118.42917
35°41'54"N, 118°25'45"W

From the south, take Highway 99 to Bakersfield. Take the Highway 178 exit and travel east toward the Kern River Canyon. Follow Highway 178 for approximately 40 miles to the town of Lake Isabella. From Lake Isabella, take Highway 155. Continue past the town of Wofford Heights to Kernville. At the stop sign in Kernville, turn right onto Sierra Way. Proceed 4 miles. Camp 9 is on the right side of the road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 3810
Lake Isabella  CA  93240

Phone Number:

Information:  (760)379-5646
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