Auxiliary Dam Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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

Current Conditions: Water levels around Lake Isabella are low due to current drought conditions. No showers available.
Operational Hours: Open year round.
Reservations: First come, first served.
Fees $10 fee per vehicle per day or annual pass for $50.
Permit Info: Campfire Permits required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves.
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Lake Isabella and Mt. Mesa.
Water: Yes
Restroom: 3 flush type
Passes: 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.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Lake Isabella Visitor Center

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Directions: From Kernville, go south on County Road 571, and west on CA 178.

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