Headquarters Campground

Area Status: Open

Headquarters Campground will open Friday, June 9, 2023.

Headquarters Campground is 4 miles north from Kernville via Mountain Hwy 99 along the North Fork of the Kern River. Paved access roads. 44 individual family units including 1 accessible family unit. Trailers up to 27 feet; toilets, and water available.

Rocky Mountain Recreation (RMR)
All developed campground areas on the Forest operate under a concessionaire permit with RMR. For additional information, please visit https://rockymountainrec.com, or call their home office at (661) 702-1420, or their Lake Isabella office at 760-376-1269.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call (760) 376-3781
Operational Hours: Year Round
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 http://www.recreation.gov
Fees: Campsite fees range from $32/night for single unit, $8/night for extra vehicle.
Open Season: Open Year Round
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: No camping or campfires outside designated campsites.
Closest Towns: Kernville, Riverkern
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Kernville Ranger Station

General Information

Directions: Off of Highway 99 in Bakersfield, take Highway 178 East, to Lake Isabella From Lake Isabella take Highway 155 around the west side of the lake to the town of Kernville. From Kernville go north on Sierra Way (Mountain 99) 4 miles to the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 43 single site(s)
Reservation Info 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=71599&topTabIndex=CampingSpot
No. of Accessible sites 1 of 43

River and Stream Fishing

Fishing open year round on the the north fork of the Kern River up to the Johnsondale Bridge.

California Fishing licenses are required for all persons above the age of 16 years.

Status: Open
Fees: Fishing License Required

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