Love to camp on the Kern? So do we and here’s why.

Did you know that campers come to Kernville just to camp on the Kern River?  They love it here for lots of reasons, and here’s why you should plan to camp on the Kern River with MRA!

Close to Adventure
Located two miles north of Kernville, on the Kern River, our campground is on the same property as our whitewater rafting check-in center, making your adventure getaway super easy to plan your whitewater + camping fun!  We are an hour from the scenic Trail of 100 Giants, Dome Rock and the Needles, plus some really cool natural rock water slides.  MRA offers world-class white water rafting tours plus lots of other outdoor adventures, just steps away from our family-focused campground, a mecca of amenities unto itself!  Our camp amenities include…

Site Size Options — Standard, Double or Group
MRA offers many options with our spacious, well groomed, tent camping sites, steps away from the Kern River.  Our Standard Sites hold up to six campers including children.  Each site contains a picnic table and fire ring with cooking grate.  If you are a BBQ aficionado, you may want to bring along your favorite tools for this gig!  All the neighbors will want to eat at your picnic  table.

Our Double Sites hold up to twelve campers with all the same amenities listed above, just more room for all the cousins or friends-of-friends!

Groups come here to reconnect with family and friends for reunions, birthday parties and more.  Our Group Sites accommodate up to 12, 24 or 36 campers making it easy to plan your summer gathering on the Kern!  Choose from group sites like Boulder Beach, which camps 24; Sandy Beach, Scrub Jay Beach or Cottonwood Beach which individually hold 12 campers, or together accommodate up to 36 campers.

Camp Restrooms
Ladies LOVE our camp restrooms because we keep them sparkling clean, and you don’t really have to ‘rough it’ while you are here.  Our camp restroom boasts flushing toilets, warm showers, and is well located within our campground layout.

NEW for 2019, Coin Operated Showers
Although California is now officially out of a drought, our business  philosophy is always to focus on conservation.  We believe that if each of us conserves a little, our efforts will benefit everyone!  To conserve water, we have installed coin-operated showers in our campground showers.  Only four quarters gets  you a blissful four minutes of luxury in our camp shower!  A quarter machine is located right outside the restrooms.  And, in case you forgot it, we offer biodegradable shower suds, toothbrush & paste kits in our retail shop.

Reserve Online, it’s easy!
We now accept online reservations for camping and most activities!  You can call us during traditional 9-5 working hours, M-F, or, you can reserve online, whenever it is convenient!

Simply choose a campsite, how many nights and then reserve.  It’s that easy!  Campers can also reserve firewood and ice to be delivered to your campsite.  What are you waiting for?  Call or get online and reserve your camping getaway on the Kern, today!

*  Please remember to pack glass-free or keep it in the cooler for your own safety in camp.
*  One dog per campsite, please.

Fun Camping Games!

It’s camping season!

And often, parents are so busy schlepping out the
tents, pads, rain flies, and all the extraneous gear needed to bring the
family camping, we forget about packing fun games!  Or how our
electronically connected children will entertain themselves in an
‘unplugged’ environment.  In comes Mountain & River Adventures’ Campground
(MRA) to the rescue!  Here are some great suggestions to help with
transitioning from city street to camp site.  These games are also great if
you have younger kids who aren’t quite old enough for our rafting
adventures, and, are fun activities for kids camping with us during high
water season, when we need to keep them occupied away from the water’s edge.

While camping at MRA’s Campground there are lots of fun activities that you
and your kids can participate in, right here on site!  Here are our most
Popular camping games:
playing games -Volleyball! We have a great Sand Volleyball court for all ages.
Ask Camp Host Curtis to help you check out the volleyball!
-Basketball, we have a basketball hoop available for everyone to
use.  We do need you to bring your own ball for this one.
-Horseshoes! Lots of fun! Located in Bud’s Grove.
-Shuffleboard. Under the shade of Bud’s Grove we have a shuffleboard
-Badminton- lots of fun to play in the summer sun.
-Bocce Ball.  Not just for old, Italian men, this is always a fun
game to play for older kids and adults.

Fun games to bring with you from home:
-Frisbee! Frisbee is a very popular and fun activity to play in the
-Bring your bikes!!! Kids love to pedal the campground loop!  Scooters need
concrete and we don’t have any of that.
-Beanbag toss- we are seeing this fun game more and more. Make sure you
include it on your next visit.
-Soccer! Bring a soccer ball. Endless hours of fun!
-Washers is pretty easy to pack along and provides endless hours of fun for
the littles and the bigs!

Other Games that take just a bit of planning:
-Sing alongs (think the cup song that Girl Scouts sing).  Google some
lyrics, or just sing what you love!
-Nature Art projects that kids can lead themselves.
-Color scavenger hunt (bring along some water based paints and brushes, and
a few sheets of paper/paper bags)
-Camping themed story stones, have the kids tell each other bedtime stories
from their story stones.

If we’ve forgotten to mention some of your favorite camping games, for
littles or bigs, be sure to let us know what we missed!  We look forward to
seeing you here on the Kern, very soon! Check out our website for more information!

Biking is always lots of fun!

Try these easy steps to camping glass free!!

Try these easy steps to camp without glass!

Mountain & River Adventures Campground is moving to a NO GLASS campground to be in line with guidelines set out by the Sequoia National Forest. We are using 2017 as a transitional season to give you and us time to figure out how best to camp without bringing glass to our Forest.

Here are some of our ideas:

  • Watch what you are buying.
    • There are lots of alternative options to buying glass.
  • Plan Ahead
    • While planning your trip make sure that none of your non food items contain glass
  • Buy your alcohol in cans or boxes or even pouring it into a metal container or bladder.
    • There are so many different options; cans, boxes, metal. The options are endless.
    • The local brewery in Kernville now sells their beer in cans too!!
Did you know that you can buy canned wine?  We recently held a taste testing of boxed wines and The Block, Shiraz, sold at Trader Joe’s was our camper favorite!

Other Tips:

  • Always remember to leave nature better than the way you found it by keeping trash bags handy and easy to use, and thereby keeping trash contained and not carried off in the wind.
  • Pop-up trash can, bring extra trash bags, and hold it down with a rock in the bottom (we have plenty of rocks)!

  • Unpack new camping gear ahead of time, to practice and make sure everything works.  Leave packaging at home, saves on car space, and creates less trash when camping.We are excited for the summer 2017 and our transition year. We look forward to see you in the campground or on the water and working together to camping glass free!!