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Attention: Due to severe drought conditions, water conservations measures are in effect at this facility. The showers are closed and the number of operating water faucets has been reduced. Please use water wisely -- no bathing or dish washing at the faucets. Potable water may not be available due to severe drought conditions.

FRENCH GULCH, CA

part ofSequoia National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

French Gulch Campground sits 3 miles from the western shores of Lake Isabella, a 27-acre reservoir off the Kern River, in the expansive Sequoia National Forest.

Natural Features:

Located at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada in central California, the Sequoia National Forest 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 and Grizzly Falls.

Recreation:

Visitors can enjoy swimming, water skiiing and wind surfing at Lake Isabella. There is also excellent trout and bass fishing at the lake and in other nearby streams.

Facilities:

French Gulch can accommodate groups of up to 100 guests. Flush toilets, showers and drinking water are provided. A marina and boat ramps are available at Lake Isabella, just to the southeast.

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

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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Showers
  • Water
Know Before You Go
  • Electric hookups are not available
  • Visitors should store food in approved containers
  • 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):
    35.67083, -118.47222
    35°40'15"N, 118°28'20"W

    From Bakersfield, California, take Highway 178 east to the town of Lake Isabella. Turn onto Highway 155 north, following the western edge of the lake, for approximately 3 miles to the campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    FRENCH GULCH
    P.O. BOX 1640
    KERNVILLE  CA  93238

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (760)376-1815
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