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  • Writer's pictureKern River's Edge Team

Red, White & You on the Kern River

Summer is here. Have you scheduled your next outdoor getaway? Whether it's an extended mid-week camp out or a long weekend, we have the perfect camp site for you. Weekends and holidays fill up the quickest so plan ahead. From power & water hook-ups to tent camp sites, we've got you covered. Book very soon!

Holiday weekends are a very busy time here on the Kern. We recommend mid-week camping if you are able to getaway during the week!

For 4th of July weekend we have two tent sites left, site number 33 and number 40, and each hold a maximum of six camping guests.

For Labor Day weekend, we have four sites left (only one power and water hook-up, site number thirty-four). Lofty Oak elevated platform site that holds a maximum of four campers, and tent sites 36 and 40 which hold a total of six camping guests each.

Where to view Fireworks?

The Lake Isabella fireworks show is launched from Engineers Point which is at the southwest end of the lake. You can view the fireworks well, but from a distance here:

  • On the road turnout above Camp 9.

  • Drive into Camp 9 towards end of road.

Some visitors like to float in Lake Isabella on boats to watch the fireworks. Others like to get up high on a hillside to watch from above.

Make your Kern visit a little sweeter this July!

On Saturday afternoon, July 6th, listen to some music in Circle Park and do some sampling with Kernville's first annual Red White & Blues wine & dessert walk.

This event is timed well so that you can sample and still have plenty of time to find the perfect viewing spot for our local fireworks show!


Thank you for recreating responsibly by packing trash bags to leave our wild spaces cleaner than you found them. There is a glass ban in the Sequoia National Forest, so remember to use plastic storage containers, ziploc bags, or bota bags for camping gear and kitchen supplies instead of glass.

Micro-trash and cigarette butts are trash. Thank you for caring and picking up micro-trash and cigarette butts to leave our outdoor spaces better than you found them.

Looking for more Kern River campground tips, tricks, and hidden gems?

We’d love to help! Our campground is located right on the edge of Kern River, and we know this majestic body of water inside and out. If you’d like to learn more about swimming, camping, or rafting the Kern River, check out our website or take a look at our additional resources.

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