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KEYESVILLE RECREATION SITE
KEYESVILLE SOUTH
SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS
LATITUDE: N 3538.086
LONGITUDE: W 11829.554
ACCURACY: 18'
ELEVATION 2458'
(GPS Reading near information board)
Dispersed and Primitive Camping

Keyesville is best known as a historic
gold mining town.

Kearn River
Kearn River

Keyesville Recreation Site
Keyesville Recreation Site

Kearn River
Kearn River

Kearn River
Kearn River

Keyesville Recreation Site was one of the last
places we explored in the Lake Isabella area and
it turned out to be one of the best. Keyesville
Road follows along the Kern River with great
camp areas. It is easy access and you can find
a good place to hide from the rest of the world...
maybe a dune buggy or ATV will come zipping
by now and then. Stay here during the off-season
and there will be limited people. Holidays and
weekends during the summer this place will
get trashed.

KEYESVILLE RECREATION SITE
Metal Firerings
Vaulted Toilets
Garbage Dumpsters
14 Day Limit

Keyesville Recreation Site
BLM South Raft Launch

BLM SOUTH RAFT LAUNCH
Primitive campsites
Metal Firerings
Vaulted Toilet
Garbage Dumpsters
LATITUDE: N 3538.126
LONGITUDE: W 11829.047
Elevation: 2450'

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW
WHAT FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT
CAMPFIRE PERMITS ARE REQUIRED

Take Highway 155 north of Lake Isabella and
there are roads on both sides of the Kern River.
Primitive campsites with metal firerings.
Outhouse and garbage dumpster in summer.

The first road goes to BLM South Raft Launch.
(Turn opposite of Isabella Lake Information Center)
This is about 1/4 mile long dirt road with several
campsites.

Keyesville Road is on the other side of the bridge
and is paved for 2 miles, turning to dirt as it starts
to wind up the mountain side. Campsites everywhere....

The Kern River is extremely dangerous. Use caution.
Even when the river looks calm, strong currents exist
(One person drowned and several others had to be
rescued this Memorial Day Weekend 2006)
Water unsafe for drinking.

The Kern River is popular with rafters.

Recreational gold mining is permitted in certain areas.
A popular area is Lower Hogeye Gulch.
Check the rules and regulations...


Mountain Lion Warning

A mountain lion has recently been sighted in this area.

DIRECTIONS:
From Highway 178
Exit#43 at Lake Isabella and Hwy.155
Turn north on Highway 155
Keyesville Recreation Site is about 3/4 mile.
From Kernville take Highway 155 towards Lake Isabella.
Keyesville Road will be on the right
(Just after Lake Isabella Visitor Information Center
and just before Main Dam Campground)

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Bureau of Land Management
3801 Pagasus Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93308
661-391-6120
http://www.ca.blm.gov/bakersfield

Lake Isabella
Lake Isabella

LAKE ISABELLA
Lake Isabella near Keyesville

Chamis Flat
Chamis Flat on North Fork Kern River

NORTH FORK KERN RIVER
From Lake Isabella to Kernville is 10 miles
on Hwy 155.
If you continue north, between
Kernville and Johnsondale, there are many
camping opportunities and scenic views.

BRECKENRIDGE ROAD
View of Lake Isabella from Breckenridge Road

If the temperature is too hot, check out
BRECKENRIDGE CAMPGROUND
which is at a much higher elevation.

102.5 FM for Road Reports
1610 AM National Weather Service Broadcast

Purified Water at Isabella Market in Lake Isabella.
Drinking water at Paradise Cove Campground.
Hwy 178, about 4 miles east of Lake Isabella
Showers $.50 / 4 minutes

Also see: ALABAMA HILLS
Also see:
ALTA SIERRA
Also see:
BRECKENRIDGE
Also see:
CHIMNEY CREEK
Also see:
DEATH VALLEY
Also see:
JAWBONE ROAD
Also see:
LAKE ISABELLA
Also see:
LLOYD CREEK
Also see:
NORTH FORK KERN RIVER
Also see:
SHERMAN PASS ROAD
Also see:
TRONA PINNACLES
Also see:
WAGON WHEEL
Also see:
WALKER PASS

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NEARBY ATTRACTIONS:

  • COWBOY MEMORIAL AND LIBRARY
  • ISABELLA LAKE

Cowboy Memorial and Library
Cowboy Memorial

Cowboy Memorial and Library is interesting.
Preserving the history of the American cowboy
Largest collection of branding irons...
Tuesday - Sunday / 10am - 5pm
N 3524.142
W 11828.171

Arch Off Whitney Portal Road
Arch Off Whitney Portal Road
Alabama Hills Recreation Area

ARCHES OF ALABAMA HILLS
There are hundreds of natural arches and
windows throughout the Alabama Hills.
Located west from Lone Pine, CA

Camped here May 29, 2006
Camped here Feb. 18, 2007
Camped here April 8, 2008

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CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
KEYESVILLE SOUTH
KEYESVILLE RECREATION SITE