MRA Campground remains open during Forest closure!
Updated: Sep 23
You may have heard that several National Forests have temporarily closed because of summertime high fire season combined with extreme hot weather conditions. The temporary forest closure on the Sequoia National Forest went into effect @ 5:00pm on September 7, 2020. US Forest Service personnel anticipate this to be about a 30-day closure.
How does this Closure affect me and my camping reservation @ MRA?
Mountain & River Adventures' Campground shall remain open for camping as long as it is safe to be open. Currently, there are no wildfires in our community. The closest wildfire, the SQF Complex Fire, is located about 45 miles NE of our campground. We are seeing morning smoke or haze from this fire, which usually clears by afternoon.
Google Maps and Mapquest Are Not Working. Why?
With the federal government closing the Sequoia National Forest, map programs are showing some roads to get here as closed. Our roads are OPEN!
Driving directions from I5 over the Grapevine: Take Hwy 99 north to Bakersfield, in Bakersfield take Hwy 178 east to Lake Isabella, then take Hwy 155 north through Kernville, turn left on Sierra Way, drive two miles and we are on the river side.
Driving directions from the I5 in Los Angeles to the 14 North, take Hwy 178 west until you intersect Sierra Way. Turn right on Sierra Way towards Kernville and drive 15 miles to our Campground.
Can we have an open flame in Camp?
We might not allow campfires in Camp during this Forest closure, out of concern for summertime high fire season. We are monitoring the weather and winds daily and will advise campers each day. We respect wild fire concerns and will do our part to uphold recommendations from the experts. Camp stoves and BBQ's are allowed in designated campsites only. Please do not cook along the river shoreline.
What can we do @ Camp?
River flows are super mellow right now, and are perfect for lounging on a pool floatie or beach chair. Be sure to bring your Easy Up canopy for extra shade as the forecast says low 90's all weekend.
In our 35 years here on the Kern, we have never experienced a Forest closure of campgrounds and day use areas. This is truly an unprecedented situation. We anticipate that with areas like the public beach just north of our camp, Isabella Lake, and forest trails closed that many visitors will head to the ocean instead. This will make our little town of Kernville less crowded and the Kern River more accessible for you! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Rhonda & John Stallone, Owners