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ATTENTION: Due to very high fire danger, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are instituting additional fire restrictions inside the parks. Beginning Monday, July 28, 2014:

  • No wood or barbecue fires are permitted at Potwisha, Buckeye Flat, or South Fork campgrounds.
  • No wood or barbecue fires are permitted at Ash Mountain and Hospital Rock picnic areas.
  • No wood or barbecue fires are permitted below 6,000 feet in the parks wilderness or back-country areas. Year-round, site-specific wilderness fire restrictions also apply.
  • No smoking below 6,000 feet is permitted, except within a campground or picnic area where wood and charcoal fires are allowed, an enclosed vehicle, a designated smoking area, or a building which allows smoking.

  • Gas, propane, alcohol, and tablet/cube stoves are allowed at all park campgrounds and picnic areas and throughout all elevation zones in the wilderness. Wood or barbecue fires are allowed at park campgrounds in the Cedar Grove, Grant Grove, Dorst, Lodgepole, and Mineral King areas and in all picnic areas other than Ash Mountain and Hospital Rock.

    Fire restrictions reduce the probability of an accidental human-caused fire that could threaten visitors and employees during times of high fire danger.

    These National Park Service restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. If further restrictions are necessary due to changing conditions, the parks will make another public announcement. Be sure to check bulletin boards or the visitor centers for the most current regulations when you visit the parks.

    Visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, by following these steps, can help ensure that their visit is safe, enjoyable, and helps to prevent unwanted fire.

    Would you like more information about fire? Go to www.nps.gov/seki and click on Fire in the Parks under Quicklinks.

    Construction Alert: Construction will be occurring on the Generals Highway starting on June 2nd between Eleven Range and Wolverton Junction. Delays can be expected to last up to one hour with scheduled traffic releases at the top of every hour between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The construction schedule is expected to change throughout the course of the summer; please obtain more information from the entrance stations and visitor centers upon arrival. Vehicles traveling to Lodgepole or Dorst Creek Campground from the southern entrance will have to travel through the construction zone.
    Federal Highways Advisory: It is strongly recommended that vehicles over the length of 22 feet access Lodgepole Campground, Dorst Creek Campground, and the Giant Forest from the Highway 180 entrance into Kings Canyon National Park. The portion of the Generals Highway accessed from Highway 198 and the southern entrance is narrow and steep and is not advised for vehicles over the length of 22 feet.

    POTWISHA CAMPGROUND, CA

    part ofSequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, National Park Service
    Photo: POTWISHA CAMPGROUND
    Status: Open through Thu Apr 30 2015   Season Dates
     

    Overview

    Potwisha Campground, located along the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park, offers convenience for visiting the many attractions in the park. The campground is situated along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River, just four miles from the park entrance, in the Sierra Foothills. For more information and trip planning please see our website at www.nps.gov/seki .

    Natural Features:

    The Foothills consist of the lower elevations of Sequoia National Park, where the grassy valley floor gives way to granite peaks. Oaks, chaparral, and river canyons are plentiful here in an area with more biological diversity than the conifer forests and High Sierra combined. Winters are relatively snow-free and mild; summer is characterized by hot and dry weather. Wildlife is frequently seen in the area, including the American Black Bear, mule deer, and bobcats, as well as numerous bird species.

    Recreation:

    There are numerous opportunities for fishing and hiking near the campground. The Marble Falls trailhead is situated adjacent to the campground and several other trails are a short drive away. Access to the Kaweah River is just a short walk across the street from the campground.

    Facilities:

    Potwisha Campground offers 36 reservable campsites. Picnic tables, fire rings and food storage lockers are provided at each site. Flush toilets, drinking water and an amphitheater are available within the campground. A free dump station, open year-round, is located across the highway from the campground.

    Nearby Attractions:

    Potwisha Campground is located within a 45 minute drive from the Giant Forest, home to the largest trees on Earth. Moro Rock, Crescent Meadow and the Congress Trail are also located in the Giant Forest area, as well as numerous other opportunities for exploration in Sequoia National Park.

    Activities and Amenities

    Within Facility
    • Accessible Campsites
    • Accessible Flush Toilets
    • Amphitheater
    • Campfire Circles
    • Campfire Programs
    • Campfire Rings
    • Drinking Water
    • Dump Station
    • Evening Programs
    • Food Storage Locker
    • Host
    • Pay Phone
    • Pets Allowed
    • Recycling
    • River Access
    • Trailheads
    • Trash Collection
    • Utility Sinks
    Within 10 Miles
    • Accessible Picnic Areas
    • Backpacking
    • Cafe
    • Cell phone service
    • Day Use Area
    • Emergency Services
    • Entrance Station
    • Firewood
    • Fishing
    • Food Services
    • Fuel Available
    • Hiking
    • Hotels
    • Ice
    • Lodging
    • Picnic Area
    • RV Parking
    • Scenic Drive
    • Scenic Overlooks
    • Visitor Center
    • Wildlife Viewing
    Know Before You Go
  • Be prepared at any time of year for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions.

  • Summers in the Foothills are generally hot and dry; winters are mild and generally snow-free.

  • This is home of the American Black Bear and all food, scented items and garbage must be properly stored in provided metal storage boxes.


  • Federal Highways Advisory: It is strongly recommended that vehicles over the length of 22 feet access Lodgepole Campground, Dorst Creek Campground, and the Giant Forest from the Highway 180 entrance into Kings Canyon National Park. The portion of the Generals Highway accessed from Highway 198 and the southern entrance is narrow and steep and is not advised for vehicles over the length of 22 feet.
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    36.51744, -118.80037
    36°31'3"N, 118°48'1"W

    Potwisha Campground is easily accessed from Visalia, California, and Highway 99.
    Follow Highway 198 east from Visalia for 36 miles, until you reach the Ash Mountain Entrance Station. The campground is located 4 miles beyond the entrance station on the left, or north, side of the road. Please visit our website for more specific driving directions, as well as area maps.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    POTWISHA CAMPGROUND
    47050 Generals Highway
    Three Rivers  CA  93271

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (559)565-3341
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