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Attention: Due to severe drought conditions that there will be no showers and that the number of faucets are being reduced. That there is to be NO BATHING OR DISH WASHING AT FAUCETS. FILL A POT AND WASH DISHES AT YOUR OWN SITE.

CAMP THREE CAMPGROUND, CA

part ofSequoia National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Thu May 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Camp Three Campground is set amidst oak and locust trees at an elevation of 2,800 feet on the Upper Kern River, offering countless recreational opportunities for visitors.

Natural Features:

The Sequoia National Forest, located at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada in central California, takes its name from the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree, which grows in more than 30 groves on the Forest's lower slopes.

The Forest comprises about 1.1 million acres, and elevations range from about 1,000 to 12,000 feet, creating precipitous canyons and mountain streams with spectacular waterfalls, such as Salmon Creek Falls near Fairview and Grizzly Falls on the Kings River.

Gray pines, scrub oaks, grass and dry climate shrubs cling to steep, canyon walls while cottonwoods and willows line the river's edge.

Recreation:

Hiking, fishing, kayaking and rafting are popular activities in the Upper Kern River area.

Facilities:

The campground consists of 52 paved sites and a group camp that accommodates up to 30 people for friends or family gatherings.

Drinking water, vault toilets, and campfire rings are all provided.

This facility is operated by Sequoia Recreation, a division of California Land Management and comments are welcome; comment forms are available from campground hosts or online.

Nearby Attractions:

The Cannell Meadow National Recreation Trailhead is just north of Kernville. Day trips include the Sequoia National Park, Trail of a Hundred Giants, and numerous sequoia groves in the Sequoia National Monument.

The Giant Sequoia Mercantile offers a wide variety of books, maps, gifts, local art, camping supplies and other merchandise.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • River Access
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
Within 10 Miles
  • Dump Station
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Rafting
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • Six people per site including children
  • There are no electric hookups
  • Swimming in the river is dangerous due to strong currents and other hazards.
  • In accordance with standard industry practices, Sequoia Recreation will be assessing a $7 additional vehicle fee on the 'second vehicle' in each single family campsite, and on the 'third and fourth vehicle' in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered to be one vehicle and the third and fourth are also considered to be one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • Click here for more info about the Sequoia National Forest


Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.
  • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact the Kern River Ranger District (760) 376-3781.
    • 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):
    35.80667, -118.45278
    35°48'24"N, 118°27'10"W

    From Highway 99 in Bakersfield, California, take Highway 178 east to Lake Isabella. From Lake Isabella take Highway 155 around the west side of the lake to the town of Kernville. Turn north on Sierra Way/Mountain 99 and continue 5 miles to the campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    CAMP THREE CAMPGROUND
    PO BOX 1640
    KERNVILLE CA 93238

    Phone Number:

    Information: (760)376-1815
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