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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: This Facility is closed November 30, 2014 through March 31, 2015.

TILLIE CREEK, CA

part ofSequoia National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: TILLIE CREEK
Status: Open through Sat Nov 29 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Tillie Creek campground is nestled in oak trees on the shores of Lake Isabella, a popular destination for water activities, especially windsurfing and fishing.

The 11,000-acre lake is actually a reservoir, one of California's largest, and it marks the division between the Upper Kern 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:

Lake activities are the focal point of this year-round campground. Options include swimming, water skiing and windsurfing.

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

Facilities:

This year-round campground can accommodate family reunions and other large parties, from 60 up to 150 guests, and also offers about 60 individual campsites.

The campground is located 6 miles from the town of Lake Isabella. One group area is wheelchair accessible. A marina and boat ramps are available just to the south. An ampitheater is available for campfire programs. Other facilities include a fish cleaning station and a playground.

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 good base for day trips to the Sequoia National Park, Trail of a Hundred Giants, and numerous Sequoia groves in the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Facilities
  • Flush Toilets
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Water Spigot
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM Machine
  • Boat Rental
  • Marina
  • Restaurants
  • Telephone
Know Before You Go
  • Six people per site including children
  • Temperatures can reach the 100s in the summer
  • Hookups are not available
  • Overhanging branches might scrape some RVs
  • 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 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):
    35.70139, -118.45444
    35°42'5"N, 118°27'16"W

    From Bakersfield, California, take Highway 178 east to the town of Lake Isabella. From Lake Isabella take Highway 155 north, traveling 6 miles to the entry station of Tillie Creek Campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    TILLIE CREEK

    CA

    Phone Number:

    Information: (760)376-1815
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