Hospital Flat Campground

Area Status: Closed

At 3,000 foot elevation along the North Fork of the Kern River, Hospital Flat Campground offers 40 individual family units, and 1 accessible group unit with ramp. Maximum 30 foot RV and trailer length. Paved access roads. Bathrooms and water available.

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.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call (760) 376-3781
Operational Hours: May 15 - September 15
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
Fees: Campsite fees range from $32/night for single unit, $8/night for extra vehicle.
Open Season: May - September
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Camping and campfires within 25 feet of the water's edge are prohibited due to Kern River's Wild and Scenic Designation.
Closest Towns: Kernville
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault Toilets
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) 6.5 miles to the campground.

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Campground Camping

No. of Sites 37 single site(s), 2 20-50 people group 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
No. of Accessible sites 2 of 39

River and Stream Fishing

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

Fishing licenses are required for any persons over the age of 16 years.

Hours of Operation: From sun up to sun down.

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