Kernville, CA – Celebrate Independence Day on the Sequoia National Forest! Hike a trail, fish in our beautiful rivers and lakes, and see the fireworks over Lake Isabella on Saturday, July 6. The Fourth of July weekend is always busy on the Forest.  If you have not reserved a campsite, you will be able to find somewhere to camp. Visit or on our app at sequoia.oncell.comto help plan your trip.

Know before you go – things to be aware of this summer:

  • Campfire restrictions are in effect below 5,000 feet:  On the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument, campfires and barbecues are only allowed in developed campgrounds or areas designated as exempt from fire restrictions. A list of designated exempt areas is available online or at one of our offices.

Visitors are allowed to have a portable gas stove or lantern (with an off switch/valve) outside developed or designated areas with a valid California campfire permit.  A campfire permit can be obtained, free of charge, at any Forest Service, CAL FIRE, or Bureau of Land Management office or by visiting the Sequoia National Forest website.

  • Fireworks, exploding targets, tracer rounds and other incendiary ammunition or devices are not allowed in the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument at any time. This includes sparklers and so-called safe and sane fireworks.
  • Camping along the Upper Kern: To promote a healthy ecosystem along the Wild and Scenic Upper Kern River, camping is now permitted only in developed (fee) campgrounds and undeveloped (free) camping areas. Day-use activities such as fishing and picnicking are allowed within the rest of the corridor, but camping is not allowed outside of the named fee and free camping areas.
  • Please use caution when around any body of water. Always watch young children and please wear a life jacket. The Kern River is flowing swift and dangerously fast this year. If you plan on rafting on the river, plan your trip with an experienced professional raft guide.
  • Old Goldledge Campground implemented a new permit system. The free permit program is only in place during high use Holiday weekends, such as Labor Day Weekend. Forms and information are available online at or the Kern River Ranger District Office (11380 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238).
  • Please be advised NO glass is allowed along the upper and lower Kern River or on the shores of Lake Isabella.
  • Dispersed camping is allowed on the shores of Isabella Lake at Auxiliary Dam, Old Isabella, and South Fork Recreation Area for a fee of $10 per day or $50 for the year. You can obtain your pass at Golden State Surplus in Lake Isabella, Sierra Gateway Market in South Lake or at any Forest Service Office. There is also free dispersed camping at Stine Cove and Hanning Flat.

Regular office hours:  The Kernville Forest Service Office is open seven days a week from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, (760) 376-3781.

The Lake Isabella Office is open on weekdays from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, (760) 379-5646.

The Blackrock Ranger Station is open Thursday through Monday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, (559) 539-2607, extension 2276.

The Kern River Ranger District’s three offices are closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019.