Kern Wild and Scenic River

Area Status: Open
Upper Kern River map

The Upper Kern River is between Lake Isabella and the Johnsondale Bridge and is part of the North Fork of the Kern Wild and Scenic River. Fishing and whitewater boating are popular. Several developed campgrounds and day use areas are along the river. Dispersed camping (outside of campgrounds) and campfires with permits are allowed in much of the area, but must be at least 25 feet from the river’s edge.

Following Mountain 99 (M99) from the town of Kernville north to the Johnsondale Bridge, this section of the Kern River Ranger District offers a multitude of camping and hiking opportunities. [LINKS] Kern River Fish Hatchery Kern River Valley Museum River Trail (33E30) Brush Creek Day Use Area Camp 3 Campground Cannell Trail (33E32) Corral Creek Day Use Area Fairview Campground Flynn Canyon Trail (32E33) Goldledge Campground Headquarters Campground Hospital Flat Campground Limestone Campground Packsaddle Cave Trail (33E34) Rincon Trail (33E23) Tobias Trail (32E34) Whiskey Flat Trail (32E35)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For Kern River Ranger District recreation information, please call 760-376-3781.


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities