Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
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 .
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.
Notifications and Alerts
Campgrounds now have a one-month advanced reservation window due to ongoing safety and natural resource considerations.
Campgrounds or campsites may be subject to closures without advanced notice in the event of safety concerns or other unforeseen issues.
Need to Know
Be prepared at any time of year for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. Tire Chains may be requiered at anytime.
Summers in the Foothills are generally hot and dry; winters are mild and generally snow-free.
Potwisha Campground has 40 sites and is open year-round to tents, RVs, and trailers. The fee per night is $22. Reservations are available for all sites from May 06, 2020 - September 22, 2020, and for some sites year-round. Site #39 and site #40 are suitable for wheelchairs.
Notice: By making a reservation for this campground, site occupants agree to follow ALL campground rules listed below, and posted at the campground upon arrival.
Recreation.gov policies apply to all reservations, cancellations, refunds and date changes.
Campground Rules and Regulations:
Failure to comply with these items may result in a fine.
- Food Storage- You are in an active bear area. When not in use, you must store all food, scented items, coolers, equipment used to prepare food and garbage (recycling also) insife provided bear-proof boxes. These items must be stored day and night. Food-storage box dimensions are 28" high x 33" deep x 47" wide.
- Registration- For campers with advanced reservations, please check in at the kiosk upon arrival.
- Parking- Vehicles must be parked with all four wheels on pavement. Extra vehicles must be parked in overflow parking lots.
- Quiet hours- Quiet hours are from 10 PM to 6 AM daily. Music, talking, and generators should not be audible beyond your immediate campsite anytime of day.
- Generator use hours in Potwisha Campground is from 9am- 9pm.
- Check out- Campsites need to be vacated (people, equipment, and vehicles) by 12:00 pm noon.
- Occupancy- There is a maximum of 6 people per campsite. If you exceed this number, purchase another site (if available) and relocate some of your group and equipment to the other campsite. Reservations can be made in advance for group campgrounds that will accommodate your group size.
- Fires- Campfires are only permitted in fire rings. DO NOT leave a fire unattended. Be certain to extinguish fire completely with water before leaving site. Dead wood on the ground may be collected for fuel for campfires within the parks, do not cut or break trees. All collected wood must fit completely within fire rings. Fire restrictions may be put into place at anytime. Check the nps.gov/seki for up to date information.
- Fire rings are provided in each campsite, DO NOT build additional fire rings.
- Tents- Pitch tents on tent pads or within campsite boundaries only.
- Day Use- Campsites are for overnight visitors only. Please use designated day use areas for parking, picnics, and river access.
- Trash- Please keep your campsite clean. Place all litter in campground trash dumpsters. Do not leave cigarette butts or bottle caps on the ground. Glass, aluminum, and food are prohibited in fire pits.
- Water- Do not dump waste water on the ground or at the water spigots. All waste water must be disposed of at the restroom dish sinks or at a campground RV dumpstation. This applies to shower tents as well. Shower water must be collected and disposed of as stated above. Used water must not be allowed to run onto the ground.
- Pets- Pets must be kept on a leash six feet long or less at all times. Pets may not be tied to an object or left unattended. Dogs, cats and other pets on a leash, crated, or otherwise under physical restraint are permitted in the parks only within 100 feet of the edge of established roads or parking areas open to public, and are permitted within established campgrounds and picnic areas. Dogs, cats, and other pets are prohibited in the backcountry and on established trails.
- Preserve Natural Resources- Injuring plants by cutting, breaking, or attaching nails or other hardware is prohibited.
- Bicycles are allowed (with helmets if under 18 years of age). Bicycles are not allowed off-road or on any park trails.
- No scooter, roller skate/blade, or skateboard usage allowed on park roadways, including in campgrounds.
- Propane Tanks- We are unable to recycle your used propane tanks. They CAN NOT be left at the park. You must take them home with you and dispose of them properly.
This is an American Black Bear habitat: all food, scented items, coolers and garbage must be properly stored in provided bear-resistant food storage boxes, not in your vehicle, 24 hours/day. Food storage box dimensions are 28" high x 33" deep x 47" wide.
Fire Safety: If having a fire at your campsite, you must use the fire ring provided. Logs and wood must fit completely within the fire ring. When done with your fire, make sure it is fully extinguished before leaving the area or going to bed at night — drown the remaining coals and embers with water and be sure it is cold to the touch.
Please don't travel with firewood; get it at or near your camping destination. Help protect these parks from invasive species, such as insects, fungi and other pests living in firewood that can spread beyond campgrounds threatening the health of the forest. Local markets sell firewood and gathering dead and down wood is allowed.
Vehicles longer than 22 feet (including trailers) are not advised between Potwisha Campground and the Giant Forest Museum. Visitors with vehicles over 22 feet in total length hoping to visit the Giant Forest or camp at Lodgepole and Dorst Creek Campgrounds are advised to enter via the northern, Highway 180, entrance to these parks.
Summer Shuttle Information: NO SHUTTLE SERVICE SUMMER 2020
- Shuttle service runs from Visalia to the Giant Forest within Sequoia National Park from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend; shuttle reservations are required for getting to the park and can be obtained by calling 1-877-BUS-HIKE.
- A separate free shuttle service runs within the Giant Forest/Lodgepole area of Sequoia National Park with stops at Dorst Creek Campground, the Wuksachi Lodge, Lodgepole Visitor Center and Market, Lodgepole Campground, Upper and Lower Sherman Tree Parking, Giant Forest Museum, Moro Rock, and Crescent Meadow. There is not a shuttle that picks up at Potwisha Campground.
Dangerous Rivers! Most park deaths result from drowning in rivers. Many drowning victims were playing near rivers and unexpectedly fell in. Rivers present a far greater danger than lakes or pools. Surfaces may look calm, but strong currents often run below. Be cautious walking near rivers as rocks can be smooth and slippery or shift unexpectedly. Getting out of a cold, swift river is often impossible.
Falling Objects - Branches and entire trees may fall at any time. A pine cone falling from a great height can be dangerous. Rocks may tumble from above you. Watch for potential hazards while you are out exploring the parks. Trees and branches have been falling frequently, possibly due to the drought and beetle damage. Branches may fall whether or not they appear dead, even when there is no wind, so avoidance is the safest response.
- Don't linger under dead, cracked, or broken branches. Watch/listen for falling trees! Run if you hear cracks or snapping from tree roots, trunks, or branches (know that sometimes there is no sound, and very little time to react). Report falling branches or trees to a ranger.
- A California state fishing license is required to fish in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and Sequoia National Forest lakes and streams. Fishing licenses may be available at National Park and National Forest markets.
- Cell service is extremely limited in the National Parks. An emergency phone is located in the front of the campground near the self registration board.
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.
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.
The Crystal Caves are about an hour's drive (18 miles/29 km) from the campground. Reserve tour tickets in advance on Recreation.gov.
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.
Changes & Cancellations
- Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Additional fees will apply for late cancellations.
- All cancellations made between midnight on the day before arrival and check out time on the day after arrival are considered late cancellations and will incur a $10.00 cancellation fee and will also forfeit the first night’s use fee. Cancellations for a single night’s reservation will forfeit the entire use fee but no cancellation fee will apply.
47050 Generals Highway Three Rivers CA 93271
For campground inquiries, please call: 559-565-3714
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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.
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