Porterville, CA – This winter spread an amazing amount of snow on the Sequoia National Forest. Across the forest, snow is deeper and wetter; and eager campers are wondering when their favorite campgrounds and roads will open for public use. Visitors should expect wetter-than-average recreation sites, to include roads and trails across much of the forest. Typically forest crews attempt to open most campgrounds in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Across the Forest the following campgrounds and roads are open or opening soon! –SEE ATTACHED

Visit the information Kiosk at Riverkern Beach Friday – Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend for all your Kern River Ranger District information. According to Recreation Officer Tricia Maki, “it is our sixth year of staffing the kiosk, and each year proves to be highly successful with a large number of visitor contacts made by Forest Service employees and our amazing volunteers. Not only do they assist visitors with finding available and suitable camping areas on the popular Kern River, they also share critical information by issuing campfire permits, discussing fire and river safety, issuing private boater permits, informing visitors of the glass prohibition, and other general area information.”

Campfire Permits are required for campfires, barbeques, and camp stoves. Free campfire permits are available online at www.preventwildfireca.org or at your local Ranger Station.

Did you know there are many ways to find information about the Sequoia National Forest? Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/sequoiaonf, Facebook at facebook.com/SequoiaNF, and the OnCell app at Sequoia.oncell.com. You can also visit our website at fs.usda.gov/sequoia/.

Know before you go! Stay informed of forest conditions and adjust your travel plans accordingly by visiting or calling your local Sequoia National Forest Ranger Station. For additional or current information on the status of campgrounds and roads, call the Forest Supervisor’s Office at 559-784-1500, Kern River Ranger Station at 760-376-3781, Western Divide Ranger Station at 559-539-2607, or the Hume Lake Ranger Station at 559-338-2251. Forest offices are open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m., to 4:30 p.m. The Forest Supervisor’s office and District Ranger Stations will be closed Monday, May 28, 2019, in observance of Memorial Day.