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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.

WHITE RIVER, CA

part ofSequoia National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: WHITE RIVER
Status: Closed through Thu May 21 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

The White River Campground sits in a stand of mature cedar along the banks of the White River at an altitude of 4,000 feet.

The campgrounds are approximately 8 miles from the popular California Hot Springs.

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:

Fishing and hiking, along with camp-side river wading, are popular pursuits. The river narrows to a creek-size width near the campgrounds.

Facilities:

This is a remote, tent-only site set back a distance from the road. Vault toilets, campfire rings and picnic areas are provided.

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:

Visitors enjoy exploring the nearby sequoia groves and hot springs.

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
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
Know Before You Go
  • Six people per site including children
  • This is bear country, food must be stored in approved containers
  • There is a long winding road to the campground
  • This is a remote location with no nearby services
  • Area roads are steep with switchbacks
  • 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 per night 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 to learn more about 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):
    35.84583, -118.63472
    35°50'45"N, 118°38'5"W

    From Highway 99, turn east onto J22. Proceed on J22 through California Hot Springs to the "T" intersection. Turn right at intersection M56 through Pineflat. Go 3 miles on the gravel road and turn directly across the bridge. The entrance is a quarter-mile past the bridge on the right side.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    WHITE RIVER

      CA 

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (559)539-5230
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