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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.

HUNGRY GULCH, CA

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

Overview

Hungry Gulch Campground sits 3 miles from Lake Isabella in the Sequoia National Forest of California. Visitors enjoy swimming, waterskiing, windsurfing and fishing on the scenic lake.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on a pine-covered hillside, 3 miles from Lake Isabella's western shores at an elevation of 2,640 feet. Many sites have views of Lake Isabella off in the distance.

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 comprises 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.

Recreation:

Visitors enjoy fishing, swimming, water skiiing and windsurfing at Lake Isabella, which covers 11,000+ acres on the Kern River and has over 38 miles of shoreline. Anglers will find black and white crappie, bluegill, blue and channel catfish, largemouth bass and rainbow trout. Trout fishing is also available in area streams. Please click here for safety and permit information.

Many hiking opportunities can be found around Lake Isabella and along the Kern River.

Facilities:

The campground offers nearly 80 non-specific sites. Picnic tables and campfire rings are provided, as are flush toilets, showers and drinking water.

Nearby Attractions:

The Kern River is a short drive from the campground and offers hiking and fishing opportunities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Pets Allowed
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Water
Know Before You Go
  • Six people per site including children
  • Additional $2/day fee will be charged for stays on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day weekends
  • 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.
  • No hookups available
  • No off-road vehicle use allowed in the campground


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.

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.
  • 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):
    35.67194, -118.47222
    35°40'19"N, 118°28'20"W

    From Bakersfield take Highway 178, to the town of Lake Isabella. From Lake Isabella, take Highway 155 North approximately four miles to the campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    HUNGRY GULCH
    PO BOX 1640
    KERNVILLE CA 93238

    Phone Number:

    Information: (760)376-1815
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