Kern River Ranger District

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

2018 Kern River Ranger Station

The Kern River Ranger District offers something for every recreationist.  The district covers 663,000 acres and offers 25 campgrounds and10 developed day use areas, Over 578 miles of trails run through mountains, high desert, along rivers, and through the forest, 68 miles of which run through designated wilderness. Come out and explore!  To the right, within the "Areas and Activities" heading is a drop down menu to explore all rec opportunities on the forest.  Click on the plus (+) sign next to "Find an area" to browse for recreation sites.  Alternatively, you can use the interactive map to move around, zoom in, zoom out, and select specific recration sites to learn more about.  To see more information about a specific recration site on the map, clik on that site and click again on the site name in yellow text once the descriptive bubble appears. 

Gateway to the Giant Sequoias

  • Even though no giant sequoia groves are on the Kern River Ranger District, the Trail of 100 Giants is just up the road on the Western Divide Ranger District and offers a paved interpretive trail to view and learn about these majestic trees.

The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the District in two locations (click here to go to, official site for the Pacific Crest Trail Association)

Unique Recreation Opportunities on the Kern River Ranger District

  • When the snow is falling, vistors can ski, snowboard, or tube at the Alta Sierra Ski Resort
  • OHV enthusiasts can explore the forest using single-track trails, or have some fun at the Cyrus Canyon OHV Park.  
  • Lake Isabella has three marinas in operation during the summer that rent boats, kayaks, and other gear. 
  • Five commercial whitewater outfitter guides are available to provide trips on the Mighty Kern River.   
  • Kernville has a private airport operating on FS land.  
  • Sportsman can hone their rifle, shotgun, and bow skills at the Cyrus Canyon shooting area.  
  • Visitors can learn about the native cultures at the Nuii Cunni Native American Culture Center.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.
Operational Hours: The District office located in Kernville is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. 11380 Kernville Road
Kernville, CA 93238
Phone: 760-376-3781
Fax: 760-376-1158

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