Old Isabella

Area Status: Open
Tents set up on the Lakeshore at Old Isabella with people playing in water

Located off Highway 178 on the southern side of Lake Isabella, this facility offers visitors a vault toilet, trash service, a visitor information station, and campsites  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.

Adjacent to the camping site there is a public boat launch and courtesy dock with a large, paved parking area for vehicles and boat trailers, flush toilets, and drinking water. 

The Forest Service’s Southern Sierra Passesare accepted at this site, as well as the interagency Annual, Senior, Access, Volunteer, and Military Passes. The Southern Sierra Pass can be purchased at Golden State Surplus in Lake Isabella, Red’s Marina in the South Fork Recreation Area, Riverside One Stop in Kernville, James Sierra Gateway Market in South Lake, and local Forest Service offices. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Operational Hours: Year Round
Reservations: First come, first served
Fees: Southern Sierra Passes required for each vehicle. $10 per day or $50 per year.
Permit Info: Campfire permits required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves.
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Light
Best Season: Year Round
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Camping is limited to 14 days within any 30 day period.
Closest Towns: Lake Isabella
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Passes: Southern Sierra Pass required for day use and overnight camping.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Lake Isabella Visitor Center

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