Camp 9, a year-round facility, 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. Fall and winter are perhaps the most beautiful time of the year with temperatures ranging from the 60s in the day to low 40s at night. 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
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.
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 http://www.recreation.gov
$17/Night for single unit, $5/Night for extra vehicles
$10 dump station fee (separate from camping fee).
Camfire permits required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves.
May to December
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.
Lake Isabella Visitor Center or the Kernville Ranger Station
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.
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 http://www.recreation.gov/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73975&topTabIndex=CampingSpot