Brush Creek Dispersed Camping

Area Status: Open

Brush Creek is a dispersed camping or day use site open year round. There are vault toilets available and seasonal trash bins. This is where the Brush Creek meets the Upper Kern River and is a good spot for fishing.

Effective July 30, 2022 through September 30, 2024 No camping within 50 feet of the Brush Creek water’s edge, between the intersection of Brush Creek with the Kern River and points 0.5 miles east of the Kern River along both branches of Brush Creek, in the Brush Creek Dispersed Camping Area. 

Campfire permits are required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves. During fire restrictions campfires and barbaques my be prohibited. Permits are available at your local Ranger Station or online for FREE at

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call (760) 376-3781
Reservations: No reservations required
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!
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Camping is permitted 25 feet away from waters edge. Glass containers prohibited. When trash recepticals are not available please pack out what ever trash you have packed in. Dispersed camping rules, regulations, and tips.
Closest Towns: Kernville
Water: None
Restroom: Yes
Passes: No Pass required
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Kernville Ranger Station

General Information


Head north from Kernville approximately 15 miles and Brush Creek will be on the west side of the road.


Parking at Brush Creek Dispersed Area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

This area where Brush Creek meets the Kern River is popular for camping, day use, white water activities, and fishing.

Offers a variety of recreational opportunities. 

Dispersed Camping Rules, Regulations, and Tips

Open Season: January-December
Fees: Free of charge
Reservation info: No reservations required
Permit: Campfire permits required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves.
Usage: Open year round for camping, day use, and fishing.
Best Season: Summer

River and Stream Fishing

Related Information

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