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Kern River Camping Part II: Glamping it

While rafting is fun, Kern River camping definitely adds to your outdoor experience. There are many places to camp in and around Kernville and we want to help you plan your perfect weekend adventure, with or without the kids.

One could say the only real camping is when you can’t take a shower for a week and your morning rituals include digging a hole. This is definitely an adventurous way to go but sometimes (or every time?) it can be pretty excellent to spend one of your few vacations a year in comfort, relaxing next to the steady flow of the river without having to smell your own BO. The older I get the more I enjoy the luxuries of “glamping” which seems to be getting quite popular with the increasing options that have been popping up. Everything from covered wagons to toy hauler trailers have made their way into the Kern River camping scene. 

Here are a handful of spots we think you’d enjoy. If you already have your favorite spot, we’d love to hear about it!

Camp Kernville

Every time we float by these guys at the end of the Lickety Split run they all look like they’re having a blast.

Site Accommodations:

  • 1 RV, 1 tent, 2 vehicles parked on your site, OR 1 RV, 2 tents, 2 vehicles parked on your site, OR 3 tents and 2 vehicles parked on your site
  • Community restrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry facilities
  • Dump station
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire rings with grills
  • Outdoor beach showers
  • Air compressor station
  • Deep-pit barbecue
  • Pet exercise area
  • Dogs: Conditional


The name says it all! A nice little nook on the Kern River with plenty of shade.

*May 1st -September 1st- Reservations will not be accepted more than 10 days in advance for stays less than 5 days. May 1st -September 1st is a 5 night minimum unless you call 10 days prior to arrival.

Dogs: Okay

James Camp at KRS RV Resort


Tent camping and full hookups for RV’s.

RV rentals – KRS

Don’t want to tow your RV or sleep in a tent? KRS offers RV rentals for your stay. RVs can be positioned in most KRS sites.

Tim’s Trailers

Delivered and set up at the location of your choice.



400 sqft cabin with King-size bed and TV

Sequoia Vacation House

Fully furnished 3 bedroom, 2 bath house located just steps from the river.

Waterfront – Frandy Park Campground

• Available for tents and motor-homes. Waterfront sites are prone to flooding during the spring and early summer. Should your site flood or be considered unsafe, you will be moved to another site.

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