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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.
Attention: During December 2014 and January 2015, there will be no water available at Pioneer Point Campground. Visitors must bring their own water. Portable restrooms will be provided during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

PIONEER POINT, CA

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

Overview

Pioneer Point is a high-desert campground near Lake Isabella in the Sequoia National Forest. The 11,000-acre lake is actually a reservoir, one of California's largest, and it marks the division between the Upper and Lower Kern Rivers.

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 and Grizzly Falls.

Recreation:

The focal point of this year-round campground is Lake Isabella, where campers can swim, water ski, windsurf and more.

The lake is known for trout fishing during the colder months, offering anglers a variety of species, including black and white crappie, bluegill, catfish and largemouth bass.

Facilities:

This 73-site campground, directly across the street from Lake Isabella, is open year-round. Some sites offer sweeping lake views, and a playground in the campground offers enjoyment for children.

Lake access is less than a mile from the campgrounds. The town of Lake Isabella is a 2-mile drive away.

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 campground provides a great base for day trips to the Trail of a Hundred Giants and numerous Sequoia groves in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. You cannot access Sequoia National Park with a day trip.

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
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Lake Access
  • Playground
  • Water
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Marina
  • Restaurant
  • Telephone
Know Before You Go
  • Six people per site including children
  • Reservations must be made one day in advance
  • Temperatures can reach the 100s in the summer
  • Hookups are not available
  • Off-road vehicles are not permitted in the campground
  • 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 as one vehicle for determining additional vehicle fees. The third and fourth motorcycle would also be considered as one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
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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):
    35.65167, -118.48611
    35°39'6"N, 118°29'10"W

    From Bakersfield, California, take Highway 178 east to the town of Lake Isabella. From Lake Isabella take 155 north about 1.5 miles to Pioneer Point Campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    PIONEER POINT

    CA

    Phone Number:

    Information: (760)376-1815
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