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Lake Isabella

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The sparse oak & pine trees around the Isabella Reservoir may be the only shade you will find in the summer. This place can get pretty sweltering in the later summer months & crowded too. But that is what a dip in the lake is for, right? Shady big pine forest & more seclusion are just on top of the hills - near the small community of Alta Sierra, way up behind Wofford Heights. Sugarloaf Ridge (24S15) is an excellent back road scenic drive. Head deep into the Sequoia National Forest to get away from the masses & camp in the quiet forest, overlooking the Lake Isabella & Kern River Valley.
Sequoia NF Kern River
Sequoia NF Kern River
Sierra Nevada Topo
Sierra Nevada Topo
Dome Land Map
Dome Land Map
Sequoia Forest Atlas
Sequoia Forest Atlas
Golden Trout Wilderness
Golden Trout Wilderness
elevation: 2581' population: 3,466 zip code: 93240


large reservoir w/ minimal trees & 6000' granite ridge lines

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Kern County
S of Kernville
on Hwy 178 @ jct Hwy 155



  • river rafting
  • camping
  • biking
  • boating
  • backpacking
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • water skiing
  • off-roading
  • watercraft rentals
  • horseback riding
  • wildflowers
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Sequoia National Forest
  • Dome Land Wilderness
  • Kiavah Wilderness
  • Bright Star Wilderness BLM
  • Chimney Peak Wilderness
  • Kern River
  • Keyesville BLM Camping
  • Kern River Recreation
  • Onyx Ranch SVRA
  • lake isabella campgrounds

    Chimney Creek Campground BLM
    Horse Meadow Campground
    Long Valley Campground BLM
    Live Oak Campground
    Tillie Creek - Lake Isabella
    Boulder Gulch Campground
    Hungry Gulch Campground Lake
    Pioneer Point Campground
    Paradise Cove Camping
    Hobo Campground - Lower Kern
    Sandy Flat - Lower Kern River
    Hospital Flat - Upper Kern River
    Kern River Camping - Camp 3
    Lake Isabella KOA Campground
    Keysville Kern River Camping
    South Fork Dispersed Camping
    Big Meadow Sequoia

    tent camping

    The biggest town for the whole Kern Canyon, Lake Isabella can be seen from the freeway off-ramp of Hwy 178 @ the Hwy 155 junction. Fast food, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, hardware stores, auto parts, dives bars, liquor stores & all the services of a little lake town.

    nearby towns:
    Wofford Heights
    Roads End
    Alta Sierra
    Paradise Cove
    local links:

    Kernville Chamber of Commerce
    11447 Kernville Rd, Kernville, CA 93238

    Whiskey Flat Days - Kernville
    Keyesville Classic Mountain Bike Race
    Isabella Dam, completed 1953
    Stewards of the Sequoia
    Native American Museum
    French Gulch Marina
    Sequoia National Forest Map USDA
    Golden Trout Wilderness Trail Map
    Lake Isabella Fishing Map
    Jawbone Canyon OHV Map
    Kern River Outfitters
    South Sierra Trail Map
    Keyesville Classic Bike Race

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