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MRA’s Kern River campground is one of the most popular camping destinations in Kern County, so reserve early!  Book Kern River camping online or call us today at (760) 376-6553 to reserve your camp site!


Our Kern River camp is privately owned and has 43 spacious sites (map).  MRA’s roomy, dry camping sites are perfect for RV's or tents and boast deluxe restrooms, hot showers, handy drinking water spigots, picnic tables and fire rings. Situated along the banks of the Kern River, just north of Kernville,CA you can enjoy immediate river access for fishing, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, volleyball, or you can just relax in our shady Grove after a great day of adventures on the Kern River. The Curve, a public beach is just a few minutes walk from camp along our secret river trail!

Our day use area, The Grove, is a popular event venue with the Kern River Valley locals.  For larger groups, consider renting our group gathering area, Bull Run Pavilion, a granite boulder outdoor amphitheater.


While camping with us, you may notice areas being utilized for special events. We do our best to give plenty of notice to our camping guests about the timing of special events. Occasionally, the horseshoe pits or volleyball and shuffleboard courts will be closed for a few hours during a special event.




Camp Map



To enhance your outdoor experience with us, please read.

CHECK-IN ­- 2:00p.m.-10:00p.m.

CHECK-OUT ­- By 12:00 Noon
Spanish Version, en Espanol

  • Campers maintain a clean, trash-free, glass-free site at all times. Contain trash in your own bags and haul all trash to central dumpster. Campers use recycle bins. Messy sites will be charged a one night site fee to credit card on file.

  • PETS are one large breed per campsite or two small dogs; leashed; droppings picked up quickly; pets are always attended.  Unsocialized pets must stay at home.

  • Speed limit of 5 mph is respected by all drivers on MRA camp property to retain on-site driving privileges.  Please do not dust your neighbors!

  • A maximum of two vehicles (includes RV's, trailers) are parked at each camp site. Vehicles are well inside of site, not encroaching into roadway. Extra vehicles are parked in Guest Parking area.

  • Quiet time is observed promptly at 10:00 p.m. Generators are turned off between 10:00pm and 7:00am. Music is family friendly and cannot be heard from other camp sites.  Lights are dimmed to better observe our beautiful dark skies.  Non-compliance can result in forfeiture of site without refund.

  • Check-in time is at 2pm. Early arrivals result in extra fee of up to one full night’s camping, charged on your credit card on file. Check out by noon, or pre-approved late check-out; non-compliance will result in a $20/hour fee charged to credit card on file.

  • Fire rings remain where found. Tables are located strategically; if you move them, kindly return them.

  • Children are chaperoned at all times in campground, especially in restrooms.

  • Campers use restroom facilities with cleanliness and care, and notify host if additional supplies or care are needed.

  • Campers check in with Camp Host with a valid ID to checkout horseshoes, shuffleboard, volleyball.

  • Camp within delineated site boundary; observe private property borders. Access river and other amenities by using park trails only.  If unclear, ask Camp Host.

  • Swimming in the Kern River is dangerous and not recommended. Ask Camp Host about possible wading areas.

  • Ask Host for directions to local ATV, off highway vehicle riding locations. ATV’s are not ridden on MRA property.

  • Ask Host for legal areas to discharge firearms. Fireworks are illegal in the Sequoia National Forest.  Contact the Kern River Valley Gun Association.

  • In an emergency, call 9-1-1. If you observe unlawful/dangerous activity in MRA campground, notify Host or call 911.

  • Please report inappropriate use of camp equipment to our Host immediately. If Camp Host is not available, please call (760) 376-6553. Destruction of MRA Campground property will result in a fine/prosecution.

  • Use only locally sourced firewood to prevent spread of disease to MRA trees. Camp Host sells firewood.

  • MRA reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. Camping rights will be terminated without refund.

  • Maximum of 6 people in Standard sites (only four allowed in Lofty Oak tent site); 12 in Double Sites; 24 in Boulder Beach.  Children and day visitors are included in maximums.  Extra campers not allowed on holiday weekends.

  • Campers who arrive to camp after 9:00pm will dim lights, and observe quiet hours noted above.

  • Bull Run Pavilion and Bud’s Grove are rented out for private parties and may not always be accessible to camping guests. If it is not reserved, all camping guests respectfully and considerately share these day use areas.

  • Campers use water conservatively. Turn off the tap, take quick showers. Water balloons create trash and waste water so they are not allowed @ MRA Campground!

  • All sites have a campfire ring with metal grate. Portable BBQ’s are welcome.

  • Stormy weather is beyond our control. All reservation commitments are upheld regardless of weather with no refunds.

  • Campers use cans/boxes/plastic bottles or re-package food/toiletries to create a glass-free campground.

  • Our camp host sells firewood and ice on-site. Please share this information with each camper.

  • Updated 5/25/21