Located on the southern end of Lake Isabella off Highway 178 near the town of Lake Isabella, this facility offers flush toilets, drinking water, trash service, a visitor information station, and some campsites with stoves and picnic tables above the high water mark. Below the high-water mark, visitors can drive their vehicles to the shoreline and camp at the water’s edge. Below the high-water mark portable toilets and trash receptacles are provided for visitor convenience during the summer.
The Forest Service’s Southern Sierra Passes are accepted at this site, as well as the interagency Annual, Senior, Access, Volunteer, and MilitaryPasses. The Southern Sierra Pass can be purchased at Golden State Surplus in Lake Isabella, Red’s Marina in Old Isabella Campground, James Sierra Gateway Market in South Lake, and local Forest Service offices or online.
At a Glance
Water levels around Lake Isabella are low due to current drought conditions
Open year round.
First come first served.
$10 fee per vehicle per day or annual pass for $50. In 2015, fees are waived from July 1 through October 1.
Campfire Permits required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves.
Lake Isabella and Mt. Mesa.
3 flush type
The Southern Sierra Pass is required at this site. They can be purchased at Golden State Surplus in Lake Isabella, Kern Valley Marina in the South Fork Recreation Area, Riverside One Stop in Kernville, James Sierra Gateway Market in South Lake, and local Forest Service offices.
Lake Isabella Visitor Center
Directions: From Kernville, go south on County Road 571, and west on CA 178.