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  • Do I need a camping reservation?
    Make reservations early in the year because sites fill up fast more than six months in advance. It is best to make reservations as early as possible. We've made online reservations very easy, simply click on the size camp site you are interested in and our reservation system will walk you through it! Read about the best season to camp and fun things to do while visiting Kern River. Not sure how to make an online camping reservation with Kern River's Edge Campground Retreat? Click here for our step-by-step instructions.
  • How do I make a reservation and what is your cancellation policy?
    We've made online reservations very easy, with our Book Now button, simply click on the size camp site you are interested in, dates and number of people, and our reservation system will walk you through it. It’s easy! Standard sites fit six or less campers including children/visitors; and Double sites fit twelve or less campers including children/visitors. Not sure how to make an online camping reservation with Kern River's Edge Campground Retreat? Click here for our step-by-step instructions. Cancellation Policy – Camping Reservations All camping reservations are considered final. Camping reservations require payment in full now. Payment of your reservation establishes your acceptance of our cancellation policy. If you cancel your camping reservation — Credits are not available if you choose not to fulfill your agreement, are asked to leave, show up on the wrong date, do not make proper notification, or fail to show up. We regret we cannot make exceptions to the cancellation policy for any reason, including foul weather, poor air quality, wildfire activity, personal emergencies or pandemics. In the case of an accidental overbooking, if we cannot offer you a comparable site, we will provide a full camping refund, or, a gift card in the amount you paid. We strongly recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan for all reservations.
  • Are the campground showers coin operated?
    Yes! It is our mission to conserve water. Our showers are coin-operated and take quarters. There is a change machine, that changes dollars into quarters, located at the north restroom entrance. The shower takes 5 quarters for approximately 4 minutes. Need more minutes, just add additional quarters. Consider assembling a hand wash station for your campsite to make cleanliness a priority. Read our camping tips blog post to find out how.
  • Are campfires allowed @ KRE campsites?
    Yes! Kern River's Edge Campground Retreat is a privately owned campground and not subject to campfire bans initiated in the Sequoia National Forest. We are very diligent about maintaining fire clearances around our park. Additionally our park borders the Kern River giving us a natural fire break! We offer fire pits in each campsite along with a picnic table. Please enjoy campfires responsibly. See our Camp Host to purchase campfire wood on-site when you arrive. We also sell 8lb bags of ice that can be delivered to your site as well. Read our pro-tips for camping on the Kern River.
  • Where can I get firewood and ice for my campsite?
    Our Camp Host has bags of ice and bundles of firewood for $8-$10 each. No need to leave camp! We request that all wood burned in our campground be locally sourced, as bringing wood from other areas can introduce invasive species or pests with it. If you do not purchase wood from our Camp Host, please be sure to purchase it locally.
  • Can I purchase beer, wine and food at KRE's Camp Store?
    We offer a variety of snacks and beverage items in our Camp Store. Please stop by! Need our local craft beer fix? We offer several craft beer selections highlighting those from Kern River Brewing Company as well as Great Change Brewing in Bakersfield, as well as wine coolers, sodas, bubbly water and more. Need a snack? We've got you covered from spicy nuts, lots of candy choices, ice cream and 8lb bags of ice. During our high season we are open: Monday 10-4 Wednesday 10-4 Thursday 10-4 Friday 11-7pm Saturday 10-6pm Sunday 9-3 We also offer souvenir items like hats, t’s, stickers, magnets, and
  • Can we fish at Kern River’s Edge Campground?
    Yes! If you are a guest of Kern River’s Edge Campground Retreat and you have a fishing permit, we encourage you to fish from the banks of the Kern River at our campground. You can also walk about 50 yards upriver from camp to The Curve where the river bends and makes a great fishing spot. Read our blog post guide "how to fish the Kern River".
  • Is there a Kern River dump station for my RV?
    The closest public RV dump station is located at 8547 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238 at the bottom of the driveway into Camp 9. Camp 9 is a primitive Forest Service campground and is located approximately 7 miles south of Kern River’s Edge Campground, on the same road. This is a self-serve dump station that requires a credit card for payment.
  • Is there an RV or Trailer repair business located nearby?
    Bluebird RV, located in Lake Isabella can be reached by calling (760) 379-4754. Bakersfield RV Center.
  • Fun things to do while camping at Kern River’s Edge Campground!
    Other than roasting s’mores and relaxing under the stars, our campground also has fun activities. Available at no extra cost, we have a volley ball court, shuffle board, frisbee golf, horseshoes, cornhole, and giant connect 4! Simply provide your photo ID and ask our Camp Host when they are available for check out. Browse our souvenir shop for a cool Kern River hat, t-shirt, magnet, sticker, drink or snack! If you want something a little more adventurous, we can direct you to rafting, biking, climbing, lake kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and rental equipment. Check out our pro-tips on other fun stuff to do in Kern River.
  • Is there a place to swim near Kern River’s Edge Campground?
    Yes! During low water season (think after rafting season is over) at the North end of our campground, there is a secret trail leading to a swimming hole at Riverkern Beach called The Curve. Enjoy the sandy bank, beautiful wildlife, and brisk cool water! We recommend that everyone, especially children, wear life jackets while swimming in the Kern. The Curve swimming area is recommended for use only during low water season! Stop by our Camp General Store for all last-minute river essentials like sunscreen, life jackets, towels or beverages and snacks.
  • Can I rent a trailer and have it delivered to your campground?
    Yes! If you prefer the convenience of having a Trailer or RV set up for you and waiting at your campsite, there are three local trailer rental businesses in our community to serve you. Be sure to mention that KRE is a generator-friendly, dry camp. Camping on the Kern Kern River Vacation Trailers Tim’s Trailers
  • What fun things are there to do at Kern River?
    We have compiled a list of super fun things for family and friends to do while camping at Kern River's Edge Campground Retreat in our blog post "11 really fun things to do at Kern River". Check out our Blog resource page for seasonal Kern River Camping information.
  • How many vehicles can I park at my campsite?
    You may park a maximum of two vehicles at your Standard or Double site, including trailers. Vehicles may not encroach into the roadway. Extra vehicles may drive to site and then quickly unload and park in Guest Parking lot. Our Guest Parking lot is about a 1-2 minute drive from most of our sites. Complimentary parking for extra vehicles is available in our Guest Parking lot (view campground map). Once you've unloaded at your reserved site, please be sure to have your vehicle parking pass hanging from your rear view mirror and park additional vehicles in our Guest Parking lot. Boulder Beach group camp site guests may have up to four vehicles parked at that site, including trailers. Any extra vehicles parked in your site will be charged an additional $25/day parking fee. Please park extra vehicles in our complimentary Guest Parking lot. This protective measure is in place to assure that in the case of a medical or other type of emergency, that first responders are able to quickly get to those in need of help. All vehicles parked on park property must display a Kern River's Edge Campground Retreat parking pass on your rear view mirror or in an easily visible location on your vehicle's dashboard. Camping Etiquette Policies Campground Map
  • Where can I find WIFI at Kern River?
    Some of our guests really appreciate unplugging and taking a mind and mental health break from work while vacationing. Others require access to high-speed internet as an essential part of every day life, and we appreciate this. Because of our campground's unique location in relation to towers, and trenching through granite boulders, we do not currently offer wifi for camping guests! There are several Kernville options which allow you to be connected to work, family, and projects while camping with us. 1) Kernville Co-Work: Visitor membership required. Use coupon code: kernriversedge to receive a special rate! 2) Big Blue Bear: Spend $5 in their coffee house and ask for the WiFi passcode. 3) Something Sweeter: Purchase a beverage or something yummy and they are happy to share their WiFi passcode with you. Something Sweeter is located at 11117 Kernville Road, at the corner of Sirretta Street.
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