Kirch Flat Campground

Area Status: Open

At approximately1,000 feet in elevation, Kirch Flat Campground resides on a large sandy flat area on the river’s edge of the scenic Kings River and is surrounded by rolling, oak-covered foothills and spectacular river canyon and mountain views of the Sierra Nevada. Though it can be very hot in the summer months, Kirch Flat Campground is a great place to camp during the spring and fall months and is popular with San Joaquin Valley residents, fisherman, day users, and whitewater enthusiasts who come to enjoy many challenging rapids and beautiful canyon scenery of the King’s River.

 A good amount of shade is provided by oak and pine trees throughout the area; however, there is no running water or trash service at the campground. This campground is on the "Pack it In, Pack it Out" program, therefore, garbage cans are not provided. Campers are encouraged to bring their own garbage bags and take their garbage with them when leaving the campsite.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed for Rehabilitation July - December 2021
Reservations: No reservations, first come, first serve.
Rentals & Guides: There are several whitewater rafting companies that operate in the area April trhough July.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees: No
Open Season: Year round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Maximum length of stay = 14 days
Maximum vehicle length = 30' no boat trailer parking
Maximum group size = 50
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Sierra National Forest
Information Center: High Sierra Ranger District
29688 Auberry Rd
P.O. Box 559
Prather, CA 93651
(559) 855-5355    Hearing Impaired
California Relay Service 711
Open: Monday-Friday
Hours:  8:00am-4:30pm  For more information click here.

General Information


Take Belmont Avenue east from Fresno. Follow Belmont Avenue until it turns into Trimmer Springs Road. Continue on Trimmer Springs Road past the community of Piedra and around Pine Flat Reservoir. Campground is located at the east end of the lake on the Kings River. Driving time from Fresno is approximately 1 1/2 hours.

General Notes:

The nearest services are in Sanger, a decently sized town about 45 miles (1 hour 20 min.) away, with all essential services (i.e. gas, supplies, groceries, restaurants, etc). Although there is no cell phone coverage at the campground, there is a location with cell phone reception approximately 10 minutes away or the nearest pay phone is at Balch Camp, a PG &G community about a 10 minute drive.

Watch out for rattlesnakes and poison oak. Poison Oak abounds in this area. Please avoid plants with three leaf clusters: "Leaves of three, let it be!"

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Campground Camping



Camping trailer: Maximum Vehicle length = 30'
Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Total sites = 17
Parking: No boat trailer parking
Toilets: Vault

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