Great Outdoors San Diego
Lake Isabella Campout 2017
May 5 - 7, 2017 (3 days, 2 nights)
Join us for a fun, full weekend of geothermally heated springs and rugged desert hiking!
Join the San Diego Chapter of the Great Outdoors in beautiful Kern County. We’ll be camping on the shores of Lake Isabella, which is currently filling up at a rate of 3-4 inches a day! In addition to the beautiful lake, we’ll be visiting Remington Hot Springs.
Remington is by far, one of the nicest primitive hot tubs in the whole region and easy to access. If you can find it, the rewards are great!! You can find travelers, mountain bikers, dirt bikers, hikers, backpackers, campers, off-roaders, RVers, burners, desert rats, military boys, local kids, LA couples, techno DJs from Russia – a wide variety of people soaking at this not-so-secret spot.
These unique hand-crafted stone tubs are located on the Lower Kern, overlooking the big river and the fish. 3 volunteers built cement & river rock hot spring pools that sit adjacent to the Kern River. There is also another small cooler tub on the trail perched above the thick brush.
2:00 Arrive, check-in
6:00 Welcome Meet & Greet (Bring appetizer to share. BYOB.)
9:00 Caravan to Remington Hot Springs
4:00 Return to camp
12:00 Campground departure
*Times are estimated and subject to change without notice.
Temperatures for Lake Isabella in early May are typically in the mid 70s during the day and the mid 40s at night. Although average temperatures are comfortable, highs have gone into the 100s, so come prepared. Make sure to check the weather forecast before packing.
Camp 9, rests on the shores of Lake Isabella, a high desert reservoir. Its proximity to the lake and the Upper Kern River makes the facility popular among boaters, rafters and anglers. The camp is also a favorite among RV campers, with ample parking available to accommodate both trailers and motorized watercraft.
The campground sits on the north shore of Lake Isabella, an 11,000-acre reservoir, at an elevation of 2,600 feet and is a short drive to the Upper Kern River.
In the spring and early summer, a breeze can come up in the afternoons, but the mornings are quiet and calm.
Sequoia National Forest, located at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada in central California, is named for the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree, which grows in more than 30 groves on the forest's lower slopes. The forest encompasses about 1.1 million acres. Elevations range from about 1,000 to 12,000 feet, creating precipitous canyons and mountain streams with spectacular waterfalls, such as Salmon Creek Falls and Grizzly Falls.
Anglers enjoy fishing on both Lake Isabella and the Upper Kern River. Boating, kayaking and swimming are also popular activities. A seasonal boat ramp and dock are available within the day use area in the campground.
Camp 9 offers over 100 single campsites, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally 11 group sites are available by reservation. Some sites are on the lakeshore, while others are set further back but have views of the lake. A few cottonwood trees are found in the campground, but shade is limited; plan on bringing protection.
The group sites offer two picnic tables each, campfire rings, portable toilets, and paved parking. Group sites 1, 2 and 6-11 have drinking water. Group sites 1 and 2 have shade shelters. Sites 1-5 each have a locked gate for security.
An RV dump station ($10 fee), fish cleaning station and boat ramp with floating dock are also available within Camp 9 Recreation Area.
The Upper Kern River is a short drive away, with additional fishing opportunities. Rafters and kayakers also enjoy the river.
Activities and Amenities
•Boat Trailer Parking
•Fish Cleaning Stations
Within 10 Miles
•All Terrain Vehicle
•Off Road Vehicle Trails
Know Before You Go
•No hookups available
•Shade is limited
•Dump station fee is $10 per use; no free dumping allowed
•Please be aware that glass is prohibited along the Kern River and around Lake Isabella, including Camp 9. Please prepare for your visit by packing food and beverages in non-glass containers.
•Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From the south, take Highway 99 to Bakersfield. Take the Highway 178 exit and travel east toward the Kern River Canyon. Follow Highway 178 for approximately 40 miles to the town of Lake Isabella. From Lake Isabella, take Highway 155. Continue past the town of Wofford Heights to Kernville. At the stop sign in Kernville, turn right onto Sierra Way. Proceed 4 miles. Camp 9 is on the right side of the road.
P.O. Box 9
Kernville CA 93238
▪ Phone/Camera, Charger
▪ Toothbrush, toothpaste
▪ Warm Sleeping Bag, Pillow
▪ Sleeping Pad / Air Mattress
▪ Shorts, pants▪ Sweater / Fleece pullover
▪ Ear plugs
▪ Headlamp for caves/Flashlight
▪ Socks, Underwear
▪ Soap / Shampoo
▪ Rain Gear
▪ Warm jacket
▪ Camping Stool / Chair
▪ Hiking Shoes
▪ Sun block, lip balm
▪ Ten essentials
▪ Towel for showers
▪ Flip-flops for pools, showers
▪ Cooking gear
▪ Drinking Water*
▪ Any alcoholic beverages
▪ Swim suit & towel
▪ A full tank of gas
▪ Water bottle for hikes
▪ Food (Fri appetizer and dinner, Sat bkfst, Sat bag lunch, Sat potluck dish, Sun bkfst, Sun bag lunch, snacks)
*Potable water is available in the park.
**Firewood can be purchased at the campground to prevent introduction of destructive insects.
We look forward to seeing you on the trip!