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Kern River's Edge Campground is one of the most popular camping destinations in Kern County, so reserve early!  Book Kern River camping online or call us today at (760) 376-6553 to reserve your camp site!


Our Kern River camp is privately owned and has 40+ spacious sites (map).  KRE has roomy camp sites, a limited number of power & water RV sites, and we welcome quiet-generator use, perfect for RV's or tents.  Park amenities include deluxe restrooms, hot showers, handy drinking water spigots, picnic tables and fire rings.  We are a pet-friendly park.


Situated along the banks of the Kern River, just north of Kernville,CA you can enjoy immediate river access for fishing, horseshoes, shuffleboard, volleyball, or you can just relax in our shady Grove after a great day of adventures on the Kern River. The Curve, a public beach is just a few minutes walk from camp along our secret river trail!

Our day use area, The Grove, is a popular event venue for locals and visitors.  For larger groups, consider renting our group gathering area, Bull Run Pavilion, a granite boulder outdoor amphitheater.


While camping with us, you may notice areas being utilized for special events. We do our best to give plenty of notice to our camping guests about the timing of special events. Occasionally, the horseshoe pits or volleyball and shuffleboard courts will be closed for a few hours during a special event.



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CHECK-IN ­- 2:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

CHECK-OUT ­- By 12:00 Noon
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  • Campers maintain a clean, trash-free, glass-free site at all times. Contain trash in your own bags and haul all trash to central trash trailer. Campers use blue recycle bins for CRV items. Messy sites will be charged a one night site fee to credit card on file as per Cancellation Policy.  Ask Camp Host for a site walk-through @ check out.

  • Our pet-friendly park allows one large breed per campsite or two small dogs; leashed (6' maximum leash length please); droppings are picked up quickly; pets are always attended; pets are not allowed to poo on grass.  Unsocialized, aggressive or noisy pets will be asked to find accommodations elsewhere.  All pets must be registered at Camp Office for a $10/day/pet fee.

  • Speed limit of 5 mph is respected by all drivers on KRE property to retain on-site driving privileges.  Please do not dust your neighbors!

  • A maximum of two vehicles (RV's, trailers count) are parked at each camp site. Vehicles are well inside of site, not encroaching into roadway. Extra vehicles are parked in Guest Parking lot or will receive a $25/day parking fee to site credit card on file.  Boulder Beach group site can hold up to four vehicles.

  • Quiet time is observed promptly at 10:00 p.m. Generators stay off between 10:00pm and 7:00am. Music is family friendly and not audible from other camp sites.  Lights are dimmed to better observe our beautiful dark skies.  Look up!

  • Check-in time is between 2pm-9pm.  Campers who arrive to camp after 9:00pm will dim lights, and observe quiet hours noted above.  Early arrivals result in extra fee of up to one full night’s camping, charged on your credit card on file. Check out by noon, or pre-approved late check-out; non-compliance will result in a $20/hour fee charged to credit card on file.

  • Fire rings remain where found. Tables are located strategically; if you move them, kindly return them.

  • Children are chaperoned at all times in campground, especially in restrooms.

  • Campers use restroom facilities with cleanliness and care, and notify host if additional supplies or care are needed.

  • Campers check in with Camp Host with a valid ID to checkout horseshoes, shuffleboard, volleyball, corn hole, etc.

  • Stay on camp trails; cutting through someone's campsite is impolite. Camp within delineated site boundary; observe private property borders.  Access river and other amenities by using park trails only.  If unclear, ask Camp Host.

  • Swimming in the Kern River is dangerous and not recommended. Ask Camp Host about possible wading areas.

  • Ask Camp Host for directions to local ATV, off highway vehicle riding locations. ATV’s are not ridden on KRE property.

  • Ask Host for legal areas to discharge firearms. Fireworks are illegal in the Sequoia National Forest.  Contact the Kern River Valley Gun Association.

  • In an emergency, call 9-1-1. If you observe unlawful/dangerous activity in KRE campground, notify Host or call 9-1-1.

  • Please report inappropriate use of camp equipment to our Camp Host immediately. If Camp Host is not available, please call (760) 376-6553. Destruction of KRE Campground property will result in a fine/prosecution.

  • No outside firewood in the park please.  We offer locally sourced firewood from a trusted source to prevent spread of disease to KRE trees. Camp Host sells firewood at his site.  Groups please call to arrange for bullk firewood purchase.

  • KRE reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. Camping rights can be terminated without refund.

  • Maximum of four people in Lofty Oak; 6 people in Standard sites; 12 people in Double Sites; 24 people in Boulder Beach.  Children and day visitors are included in maximums.  Extra campers not allowed on holiday weekends.

  • Bull Run Pavilion and Bud’s Grove are rented out for private parties and may not always be accessible to camping guests. If it is not reserved, all camping guests respectfully and considerately share these day use areas.

  • Campers use water conservatively. Turn off the tap, take quick showers. Water balloons create trash and waste water so they are not allowed @ KRE Campground.

  • All sites have a campfire ring with metal grate. We do allow campfires.  We are a privately only campground and keep well delineated fire clearances.  You are welcome to bring your propane BBQ or camp stove.

  • Stormy weather is beyond our control. All reservation commitments are upheld regardless of weather.

  • Campers use cans/boxes/plastic bottles or re-package food/toiletries to create a glass-free campground.

  • Non-compliance of etiquette can result in forfeiture of site without refund.

  • Practice Leave No Trace policies each time you recreate outdoors.

Camp Etiquette
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