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Unread 05-24-2008, 09:10 PM
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Lake Isabella campground address and directions

4875 Ponderosa Drive
Lake Isabella, CA 93240

(760) 379-5646
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Unread 03-04-2012, 12:26 AM
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There are so many campgrounds and free camping areas around Lake Isabella that 'most anyone can find a place to camp to suit their tastes. One word of advice, though - don't go in the middle or late summer as the heat is unbearable. If you want to camp in that area in summer, head for the nearby mountains - beautiful!

I was just at Pioneer Point Campground & loved it. This time of year is cold at night, but then, I had the entire campground to myself during the week. I guess it's a trade off.

Above Kernville close to the Kern River there are a few regular campgrounds and numerous free camping areas along the river. I've camped there, too, close to Fairview and loved hearing the river at night.

Btw, in Fairview there's a restaurant called McNalley's that serves steaks so big they hang over the side of your plate. I've heard they have great food but haven't tried it myself. Especially in the summer, the restaurant draws a lot of people from the Bakersfield area, a full hour plus drive away. They apparently think it's worth the drive up there for it.

During the off season their hours may be limited. There's just so much to do in this area - go fishing, rafting, pan for gold in the Keyesville Recreation Site, visit the Indian Cultural Center (Nuui Cunni Center near the dam), soak in local hot springs, watch birds or hike in the Audubon Preserve, visit historic sites, visit & shop in quaint Kernville, and so much more.

Save some money and buy your firewood locally. The non-chain grocery store (I forget the name but it's not Von's) in the town of Lake Isabella sells firewood for about $2 less than I can buy it locally in Bakersfield. Right next to that store is a Surplus and Camping store where you can get most camping items you'd need.

Spring and fall are the best times to camp near the lake or river themselves - not too hot, not too cold.

There's so much to do in this area that you might want to come for a few days (at least). The last time I camped in the Lake Isabella area I went for 5 nights, 6 days, and it was just about right.

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Unread 03-04-2012, 03:46 PM
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Great post, Skec. I have been to those places a few times, but never camped at Lake Isabella or along the Kern. The Kern drains the back country behind Whitney and empties into the southern San Joaquin Valley where in early times it formed Lake Kern. All the rivers south of the San Joaquin River (which starts behind Mammoth) only barely drain to the sea. They formed large lakes in the valley. The Kings River formed Lake Tulare. South of that were Lake Buena Vista and Kern Lake.

If you believe me and Merle Haggard, you will never swim the Kern. There is a sign along the major roads that lists the number of drownings and it ain't a low number. Not telling anyone what to do. Just saying me and Merle don't swim the Kern.

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Unread 03-24-2012, 07:32 PM
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Great info! I have heard the lake is very pretty.
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