Open Year-round
Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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Camp 3 is a large basic campground located along the Kern River about a 4.7 mile drive from the town of Kernville.

The campground has 52 sites, all containing only a picnic bench, fire pit and food lockers. There are no hook ups or electrical in the campground, and only a handful of spigots with potable water throughout the camp. 

Laid out on two opposing lollipop loop roads, the campground is paved, and most sites contain a fair amount of privacy, set amongst the boulderous landscape. A large group camp is located on the far northern end, and a watercraft launch point is set immediately outside camp bounds on its southern edge.

Sites themselves are a little small, most containing only the table and fire pit with a small clearing for a tent. Parking spots are not suitable for anything beyond a small trailer or RV.

There are only a couple river access points in the campground, and they will require climbing through brush and across possibly-slippery rocks to reach. Those who are going to bushwack to the water's edge should be aware of poison oak dispersed throughout some of the disturbed areas. 

Camp 3 is open seasonally from around mid-May through mid-September. Reservations can be made at

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)



Occasionally full

Parking Pass

Camping fee

Open from

May 13 to September 17

Price per night (basic site)

32.00 $ (26.87 €)


Lots of site options. Poor river access.


No showers.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Managed by

Forest Service


ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Big vistas
Family friendly
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Potable water



Total number of sites


Lodging type

Bed + Breakfast

Maximum trailer length

20.00 ft (6.10 m)



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