Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA

For a nice vacation place not far from Los Angeles, visit Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA. Just off California State Route 178, by Lake Isabella and the waters of the Kern River, this is one of the most beautiful RV campgrounds in the area. Bakersfield is only an hour's drive from the KOA, and Santa Barbara and the Pacific coast are about three hours' drive away. RV camping at Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA is also a great option for travelers who want to visit the beautiful national forests and natural parks nearby.For nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, this KOA is in the perfect location. Right next to the Kern River Preserve, the campground offers easy access to popular whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Kern River. And on the nearby Lake Isabella, you can enjoy boating, jet skiing, fishing, windsurfing, or swimming. Some other activities you can do in the area include golfing, hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, and snowboarding. You can also visit attractions like the Trail of 100 Giants, Silver City Ghost Town, and Nuui Cunni Native American Inter-Tribal Cultural Center.At Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA, the swimming pool is open seasonally, from mid-May through the end of October. Other amenities offered here include sites with full hookups, a convenient Kamping Kitchen, pavilion, and dog park. Propane and firewood are available for purchase on-site, and Wi-Fi is also offered. Grab a bite to eat at the snack bar, enjoy some outdoor dining at a picnic table, and take advantage of the on-site laundry facilities. The fun doesn't have to end while camping at Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA; the campground has banana bike rentals, horseshoes, a splash pad and water play area, playgrounds, and more.

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Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the host a request to book.


Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the host or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most hosts have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.


Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the host in the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

With RV rentals in Kern County, you'll have access to many gorgeous scenic natural areas. South Fork Wildlife Area borders the KOA and the Kern River Preserve. You can enjoy this beautiful natural park anytime when RV camping at Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA. Over 1,000 acres of woodland consists mostly of cottonwood and willow trees, and it is an excellent habitat to about 200 kinds of birds. Some of the species you can find here are hawks, eagles, osprey, hummingbirds, herons, egrets, and waterfowl. The most popular activities in this park are hiking, fishing, birding, butterfly watching, nature observation, photography, canoeing, and kayaking.Sequoia National Forest is the most important ecosystem on this side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The forest offers some of the most stunning landscape views in North America. Hikers, ATV riders, and horseback riders can explore over 1,500 miles of maintained roads, 1,000 miles of abandoned roads, and 850 miles of trails in the forest. The Pacific Crest Trail goes through the forest for approximately 78 miles. This beautiful place offers incredible outdoor recreational opportunities, from backpacking, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking to boating, fishing, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. In the winter, visitors can head to higher elevation and enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.Greenhorn Mountain Park is another beautiful natural location to visit when motorhome camping at Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA. Only a short drive away, this mountain range has great hiking and climbing opportunities. There are several peaks you can climb, like Greenhorn Summit, Black Mountain, Sunday Peak, or Split Mountain. Other outdoor activities available here are kayaking and canoeing or fishing and hunting. There are also many bird and butterfly species here, interesting to naturalists and photographers.

Exploring the City

Silver City Ghost Town and Antique Village is a museum that represents Kern Valley’s long and colorful history. All the buildings in the village were renovated before reopening in 1990. There are more than 20 structures here; all are authentic frontier buildings, showing life as it was in 19th-century California during the Gold Rush days. The Apalatea/Burlando House is the oldest standing structure in the Valley and features a saloon and country store. At this amazing property, you can see thousands of different artifacts on display.Bakersfield Museum of Art is about an hour's drive from Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA. Here you can see artwork from local and international artists and also join many educational programs dedicated to visual art. They have workshops for kids, teens, and adults. In addition to this, you can see a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits.When you rent a travel trailer near Lake Isabella / Kern River KOA, you can also visit the California Living Museum, also located in Bakersfield. This museum displays and interprets native California animals and plants for education, conservation, and research. They provide educational programs and also an extensive wildlife rehabilitation center. In this 14-acre park, you can see over 400 species of non-releasable animals and California native plants.

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Questions about RVs?


What type of RV should I choose?


Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


Do the RVs have bathrooms?


Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


How does check-in work?


Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.