Camp 9 Recreation Area Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Camp 9, rests on the shores of Lake Isabella, a high desert reservoir (elevation 2,600 feet). In the spring and early summer, the breeze can come up in the afternoons, but the mornings are quiet and calm.  Camp 9 is popular with RVs and there is lots of parking available to accommodate trailers and motorized watercraft. Dump station fee is $10 per use (there is NO free dumping! ie: free dumping with 4 or more days reserved). For watercraft a courtesy dock for launching located within the day use portion of the site if water levels are accommodating. Shade is limited so plan on bringing protection against the sun. Camp 9 offers 109 single campsites on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of $17 per night. In addition, there are 11 group sites available under the reservation system.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Water levels around Lake Isabella are extremely low due to drought conditions over the past few years, and is particularly the case in Camp 9.
Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at
Fees $17/Night for single unit, $5/Night for extra vehicles $10 dump station fee (separate from camping fee).
Permit Info: Camfire permits required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves.
Open Season: April to October
Usage: Medium
Best Season: April-October
Busiest Season: April-October
Restrictions: No ATVs or OHVs permitted anywhere around Lake Isabella with the exception of the Motocross track located nearby. Campfire restrictions in effect; campfires only permitted with valid California Campfire Permit, inside designated developed campgrounds and within designated fire restriction exempt areas.
Closest Towns: Kernville
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Lake Isabella Visitor Center or the Kernville Ranger Station

General Information

Directions: From the south take Highway 99 to Bakersfield, exit on Highway 178 and travel east towards the Kern River Canyon. Follow road approximately 40 miles to the town of Lake Isabella. From Lake Isabella take Highway 155 past the town of Wofford Heights to Kernville. At the stop sign in Kernville, turn right onto Sierra Way. Go 4 miles south on Sierra. Camp 9 will be located on the right side of road.

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Reservation InfoThis site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at
No. of Sites109 single site(s)
No. of Accessible sitesNone


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