Auxiliary Dam Campground

Area Status: 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 dump 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.

All developed campground areas on the Forest operate under a concessionaire permit with ExplorUs. For additional information, please visit About Explorus - Hospitality Management ( or call their home office at (661) 702-1420, or their Lake Isabella office at 760-376-1269.

The interagency America the Beauitful pass Annual, Senior, Access, Volunteer, and Military is accepted. 

Campfire permits are required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves. Permits are available at your local Ranger Station or online at

For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Operational Hours: Open year round.
Reservations: No reservation required.
Fees: $12 fee per vehicle per day or annual pass for $60. Dump Station Fee $12
Permit Info: Campfire Permits required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves. Free campfire permits are available online at or at your local Ranger Station.
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 interagency America the Beautiful pass is accepted. 
Operated By: Conessionaire

General Information

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

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Campground Camping

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Lake and Pond Fishing


$12 Day Use Fee at this area

Boating - Motorized

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