In addition, overnight camping is available at Auxiliary Dam, Old Isabella and South Fork Recreation, with a daily fee of $10 (or $50 for an annual pass). The required Southern Sierra Passes may be purchased at Golden State Surplus in Lake Isabella, Sierra Gateway Market and Sporting Goods in South Lake, and at the Lake Isabella and Kernville Forest Service offices. When considering purchasing your pass, please remember that fees will be waived from July 1 to October 1 at Auxiliary Dam, Old Isabella, and South Fork Recreation this year.
Stine Cove and Hanning Flat are also available for camping and are free of charge. Be aware of loose sand as you drive through areas that are traditionally lake-bottom. Please stay on the designated routes, and four-wheel drive is recommended.
The Forest Service will allow overnight camping in several additional areas for the Derby. The following non-developed day-use areas will be open to camping: Engineer Point, Paradise Cove (along the beach area below the campground), Boulder Gulch (along the beach, north and south of the campground), Kissack Cove, and Rich Gulch (between French Gulch day-use and Boulder Gulch). For these areas, visitors can begin to set up campsites on Thursday, March 26 at 6 am. If visitors set up their campsites earlier they may be cited. The special camping areas will remain open until Monday, March 30 at 6 pm.
As a reminder, camping is limited to 14 days out of a 30 day period. Visitors can set up their recreation vehicles in developed campsites prior to the weekend event; however, visitors must occupy the site and may not leave a vehicle or trailer unoccupied for more than 24 hours. Extra dumpsters and portable toilets will be placed around the lake for the Derby. Please make use of these restroom facilities and dumpsters to help keep our Forest looking beautiful. If you have questions about where to camp, please call 760-379-5646 or 760-376-3781 Monday thru Friday 8am to 4:30pm.