Chico Flat Dispersed Camping

Area Status: Open
View of Chico Flat campground from across M((, there are Mountains in the background

This area is currently partially closed to camping per Forest Order 0513-21-13 - There is no camping within 350 feet of the Kern River - this area is day-use only until further notice. See link above for further details and map.

Dispersed Camping on Upper Kern River approximately 4 to 5 miles north from Kernville. Ther is no water available at this location. Portable toilets and trash recepticals are available during summer months.  See Larger Picture Here

Dispersed Camping Rules, Regulations, and Tips

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781
Reservations: No reservations required. First come first served.
Fees: Free of charge.
Permit Info: Campfire Permits required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves. Campfires and barbaques may be prohibited during fire restrictions, camp stoves allowed with current California Campfrire Permit. Get your FREE Campfire Permit here!
Open Season: Open Year Round
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Camping and campfires within 25 feet of the water's edge is prohibited due to the Wild and Scenic Designation. Glass containers prohibited.
Closest Towns: Kernville
Water: None
Restroom: Seasonal Portable Toilets
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Kernville Ranger Station

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Rustic dispersed camping along the Wild and Scenic Kern River. Perfect for camping, hiking, and fishing with white water rafing companies available in Kernville.

Dispersed Camping Rules, Regulations, and Tips

River and Stream Fishing

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